International roundup: Geothermal in California, St. Lucia, Scotland and more

This post brings you geothermal news from California, St. Lucia, The Philippines, Iceland, Scotland and Turkey.


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

U.S. States

*California: Geo Upgrades to Benefit Modoc Students
More information is available on the planned upgrades for the Modoc Joint Unified School District geothermal heating system, which was granted funding from the California Energy Commission this year. The $4 million upgrades will be ready for use beginning in 2016. Tom O’Malley, the school district superintendent said benefits will include long term cost savings, longer or possible year-round operation of the Alturas swimming pool and improved school finances and programs.

The Americas

*St. Lucia: First Geothermal Aerial Survey Complete
St. Lucia has completed the first of five aerial and ground surveys for geothermal. The surveys note faults in the Earth’s surface and conductivity potential at proposed development sites. Results are expected in September.

Asia and the Pacific

*The Philippines: Expansion Planned for Batangas Geothermal
Maibarara Geothermal Inc. plans to expand its Batangas geothermal power plant, which began operations in 2014 with 20 MW. The P1.3-billion expansion is expected to bring it to 30 MW. The company expects to complete the project by July 2017.


*Iceland: New Geo Project to Produce 45 MW by 2017
Iceland’s national power company Landsvirkjun and contractor LNS Saga have agreed to begin construction on a new geothermal project. Þeistareykjavirkjun plant will be located in geothermal area Þeistareykir in Northeast Iceland. Operations are expected to begin in 2017 with a 45-MW output in the first stage. Power is intended for the industrial area at Bakki where a German silicon metal factory is planned.

*Scotland: Geo District Heating Aims to Reduce Fuel Poverty
Town Rock Energy plans to introduce geothermal in Scotland with district heating projects “that reduce fuel poverty in poor communities,” David Townsend, the company’s founder and managing director was quoted in press. “This has a strong political drive and wider benefits to rural communities such as job creation and economic development.” The company is beginning feasibility studies.

*Turkey: Two 25-MW Geothermal Plants Announced
Kipaş Holding, which owns four geothermal plants, has announced two 25-MW geothermal plants. EXERGY’s Turkey office has been chosen as the supplier. The first unit will be delivered at the start of 2016, according to EXERGY’s Website.

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