International roundup: Geothermal in Colorado, Nicaragua, The Philippines, Croatia, and more

“Weekly news roundup for international geothermal markets”

This week’s international roundup brings you headlines from Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Chile, Mexico, Nicaragua, Australia, The Philippines, Croatia, Iceland, and the UK.

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Geothermal photos via Twitter users @DebSandidge in Iceland and @KRuth28 in Nevada

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U.S. States

*Colorado: Gunnison County Writes Geothermal Regulations
Gunnison County plans to issue its own set of regulations governing commercial geothermal power plant development as it considers future geothermal development at Waunita Hot Springs and Tomichi Dome. The county aims to set a standard of performance differentiated from regulations that were written for natural gas development, and is acting under a 1974 law that allows local governments to regulate areas of state interest through a local permitting process. [crestedbuttenews.com]

*Colorado: Town of Rico Sees High Geothermal Value
With the second highest subsurface geothermal temperatures in the state, Rico, Colorado’s Mayor Gregg Anderson and trustee Gary Reid plan to meet with state and federal officials to discuss efforts to move forward on geothermal development. “The community wants to see us develop our geothermal capabilities in a way that is conducive to us living in a small mountain town,” Anderson was quoted in telluridenews.com.

*Ohio: City of Oregon Looks at Geothermal Legislation
This week Councilman Jerry Peach of the city of Oregon, Ohio, planned to discuss proposed legislation regarding special land uses for geothermal. [toledoblade.com]

*Pennsylvania: Geothermal Heating Pays Off
An old, now-flooded coal mine beneath Marywood University, Pennsylvania, has been repurposed for geothermal heating and cooling. The geothermal system was installed in 2010 and paid for itself in fewer than three years. [powersource.post-gazette.com]

The Americas

*Chile: Geothermal Greenhouse Produces Quality Vegetables Year-Round
A geothermally heating greenhouse at Lampa commune near Santiago is the first of its kind in Chile and has seen positive results. “The results validate the use of the geothermal heat pump technology for climatization, especially important when using water in hydroponic greenhouses,” the head of the FIA initiative Abdo Fernández said in a statement. “It allows better quality vegetables to be produced throughout the year.” [freshfruitportal.com]

*Mexico: President Supports Green Reform
President Enrique Peña Nieto commented to press on Mexico’s new Energy Reform: “The Energy Reform is also a green reform because it promotes the use of cleaner fuels such as gas, which pollutes 70% less than oil. It will also allow the production of energy based on renewable sources like solar, wind power, and geothermal energy,” he said. [worldfolio.co.uk]

*Nicaragua: Renewables Vision Includes 100 MW Geothermal
Nicaragua hopes to add 770 MW of renewable energy over the next 15 years, according to evwind.es. The plan includes 100 MW for geothermal energy and represents a $4 billion public and private-sector investment.

Asia and the Pacific

*Australia: SA Seeks 50% Renewables by 2025
The state of South Australia has announced a new target for renewables including wind, solar and geothermal energy generation. The state seeks 50% renewable energy by 2025, while the previous target was 33% by 2020, and 31.5% was achieved in the past year. Premier Jay Weatherill was quoted in local press that the national target had underpinned $5.5 billion in capital expenditure on renewable energy in SA and was forecast to support a further $4.5 billion by 2025 if left unchanged. [dailytelegraph.com.au]

*The Philippines: Operations to Begin at Nasulo, Negros Oriental
This month Energy Development Corporation will begin commercial operation of a geothermal power plant. At 49 MW capacity, Nasulo will be the second biggest geothermal plant in Negros Oriental mountains. The inauguration comes following two years of construction and testing by First Balfour Inc. [negroschronicle.com]

*The Philippines: 40-MW Naujan in Mindoro Gets Tax Incentives
The Board of Investments (BOI) has awarded tax incentives to Emerging Power Inc. (EPI) for its 40-MW geothermal power project in Naujan, Oriental Mindoro. “EPI is committed to support the government’s effort to fast track the construction and completion of more power plants – more so renewable power plants – to address the anticipated power crisis in the coming years. We thank the BOI for granting EPI the tax incentives without undue delay,” EPI chairman Martin Antonio Zamora told press. The project is estimated at $185 million and could supply power by the third quarter of 2016. [philstar.com]

*The Philippines: Mt. Apo Management to Go to High Bidder
FDC Misamis Power Corp, a unit of the Filinvest Group, was the highest bidder out of seven groups that qualified for Independent Power Producer Administrator for the Mt. Apo geothermal power plants. Mt. Apo 1 and Mt. Apo 2 geothermal power plants in Mindanao each have a rated capacity of 54.24 MW. [interaksyon.com]

*The Philippines: Exploration Planned at Kalinga
APC Group plans to drill two exploration wells to determine the geothermal prospect at Kalinga, Apayao. Depending on the outcome, it is thought the plants could be producing geothermal power by 2019 or 2020. [manilastandardtoday.com]

Europe

*Europe’s No-Carbon Future Includes Geothermal, Icelandic Expertise
Europe’s electrical generation from no-carbon sources is increasing, with France, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland all generating more than 90% of their net electricity from no-carbon sources in 2012. For Iceland, almost 30% came from geothermal. In a high-level speech this month, Vice-President Günther H. Oettinger of the European Commission placed strong emphasis on the role of Icelandic expertise in developing a common strategy for geothermal energy. [eia.gov; ec.europa.eu; PDF]

*Croatia: President Visits Geothermal Site
This month, President Ivo Josipovic visited the site of a future geothermal power plant at Draskovec. The European Commission has chosen it as one of 19 projects it is including under a program to combat climate change, and is supporting construction with a grant of 14.7 million Euros. [dalje.com]

*UK: Auckland Castle to Go Geothermal
Auckland Castle could become the first historic building of its kind in the UK to use geothermal energy for heating. [bdaily.co.uk]

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