International roundup: Geothermal in Alaska, New York, UAE, Peru, Moldova, Switzerland and more

This post brings you geothermal news from Alaska, Hawaii, New York, Kenya, United Arab Emirates, Nicaragua, Peru, Indonesia, The Philippines, Moldova and Switzerland.

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Geothermal photos via Twitter users @kjeldduits in Japan and @sarahkimani in Kenya

Click below to read this week’s international geothermal roundup.

U.S. States

*Alaska: Nome Project Seeks Funding for Next Phase
Developers working on the Pilgrim Hot Springs geothermal site near Nome, Alaska drilled a test well earlier this year and now hope to raise funds for a second well. If all goes well the plant could be built by next summer. A purchase agreement has already been signed between Nome Utility and developer Potelco. [ktva.com]

*Hawaii: Navy Conducting Renewables Push
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) in Hawaii says it has plans to reduce the Navy’s use of fossil fuels and help improve the country’s energy independence through the Asia-Pacific Technology and Education Partnership. The initiative has a threefold mission to support research, education, and business, according to the Department of Defense. Their new Web site is: www.aptep.net. See also science.dodlive.mil.

*New York: Suffolk County Adopts Code for GHPs
Suffolk County, New York has officially adopted a model building code for highly efficient geothermal cooling and heating systems. It will help set standards and best practices for installations, including safeguarding groundwater. [longisland.com]

Africa and the Middle East

*Kenya: Olkaria Carbon Credits to Pay for School
The Olkaria II Geothermal Expansion Project has become the first project in Kenya to earn greenhouse gas emission reductions under the Clean Development Mechanism of the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change. Projects supported by the fund put part of the premium they earn toward a community benefit plan, and KenGen’s premium will go toward rebuilding the Oloirowua Primary School in Suswa. [worldbank.org]

*United Arab Emirates: Geothermal Shortlisted in International Projects
Geothermal projects are among the 22 projects shortlisted for the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) in coordination with International Renewable Energy Agency. ADFD is a state-managed development bank financed by the government of Abu Dhabi. [tradearabia.com; adfd.ae]

The Americas

*Nicaragua: Agreement with Iceland Signed
Iceland will work on geothermal investment opportunities in Nicaragua, officials agreed this week during a delegation visit. President Daniel Ortega welcomed Minister of Industry and Trade, Ragnheidur Elin Arnadottir and his delegation. [telesurtv.net]

*Peru: Renewables Auction Planned for 2015
A renewable energy auction in the first half of 2015 will include bids for geothermal energy as well as for solar, wind, and biomass projects. Details are expected at the upcoming United Nations global climate conference in Lima next month. Currently, non-hydro renewables account for only 2.7% of Peru’s energy mix, and the government has said it hopes this auction will help to nearly double that figure to 5%. [bloomberg.com]

Asia and the Pacific

*Indonesia: Renewables Supporters Place Hope in New Government
Geothermal developers could see 25 sites in Indonesia going for tender in 2015. This comes following recent changes to forest laws and incentives. Indonesian Geothermal Association Chairman Abadi Poernomo is among those asking Indonesia’s new government to address energy needs through renewable energy development. [indonesia-investments.com, thejakartapost.com; Reuters]

*The Philippines: BacMan Units Up and Running
Energy Development Corp. has spent over a year rehabilitating the Bacon-Manito (BacMan) geothermal plant in Albay, and all three units are now operational. An EDC statement added that the Unit 1 would once again shut down on December 27 to install a new steam turbine rotor from Toshiba and will be returned to service by March 20, 2015. [philstar.com]

Europe

*European Industry Asks for Commission Support
The European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) is asking that the European Commission earmark funding for geothermal cogeneration and heating projects as part of a planned €300 billion investment package. “A significant number of projects are ready to be realised in the next 2-3 years,” according to the letter. “Some phases of project development could involve a risk (e.g. drilling), [and] repayable grants may help to mitigate this risk.” [egec.info]

*Moldova: Local Engineer Installs Geo System
An engineer in Moldova named Sergiu Cocārlă installed a geothermal system in his own home in 2006. He talks to press about the process and benefits he has seen in that time; Cocārlă recovered the investment in a few years. [unimedia.info, Google Translate]

*Switzerland: Study Supports Geo Development
The Center for Technology Assessment TA-SWISS found geothermal energy to be a significant potential source for Switzerland’s future energy strategy, but with skepticism coming from the public eye. The study recommended making geological data publicly available. Canton Geneva has announced it plans to conduct geothermal exploration by 2017. [swissinfo.ch]

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