This post brings you geothermal headlines from Oregon, Tanzania, Latin America, Indonesia, The Philippines, Germany, Scotland and Ukraine.
Click below for this week’s international geothermal roundup.
*Oregon: PNNL Updates FORGE Bid
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory shares the work at Oregon’s bid for Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE), a U.S. Department of Energy program, on their Web site (see http://energyenvironment.pnnl.gov). The post clarifies that this project is in addition to other geothermal efforts at the Newberry Volcano including an enhanced geothermal system by AltaRock Energy as well as research and development work by Oregon State University.
*Tanzania: AfDB Profiles Country’s Renewables
The new “Renewable Energy in Africa: Tanzania Country Profile” looks at policy reforms, resource availability and investment opportunities. For geothermal energy potential, analogue methods alone showed over 650 MW could be possible. The profile was released by African Development Bank, Climate Investment Funds and the Government of Tanzania.
*Latin America to Get €15M Geo Investment from EU
This month the European Commission announced a business cooperation investment of €118 million to support work in Latin America and the Caribbean. This includes an investment grant of €15 million for the Geothermal Development Facility Latin America.
Asia & The Pacific
*Indonesia: Geothermal Spending up to $375M for 2016
Half of Indonesia’s renewable energy budget will go toward geothermal energy next year, according to a released state budget. Up to Rp 5 trillion ($375 million) would go toward geothermal exploration out of the Rp 10 trillion renewable energy budget.
*The Philippines: 10-MW Expansion Planned for Batangas
Maibarara Geothermal Incorporated (MGI) has been studying the potential for expansion at the 20-MW Batangas geothermal plant and now says the field can be expanded by another 10 MW. A statement “confirmed sufficient steam supply under the wellheads for its 10-MW Maibarara-2 (M2) expansion project.” The project is targeted for completion in 2017.
*Germany: New Partnership to Raise Funds for Geothermal Projects
A new partnership between Greenstone Equity Partners and Deutsche ErdWarme of Germany seeks to raise up to €150 million ($168.8 million) to kick off four geothermal projects in Germany for a total power generation of 25 MW. Deutsche ErdWarme cofounder Dr. Herbert Pohl said: “Geothermal energy, which is heat from the earth converted into power, is an exceptionally clean and efficient alternative energy source. It is used both to generate electricity and as a natural means of heating homes and buildings. As a clean, base-load, 24/7 source of energy, we believe that geothermal energy has a tremendous potential in Germany.”
*Scotland: Gov’t to Fund Five Geo Heating Projects
The Scottish Government, through the Geothermal Energy Challenge Fund, will provide a total £234,000 for five geothermal heating projects in Fife, West Lothian, North Lanarkshire and Aberdeenshire. Energy Minister Fergus Ewing told press, “These projects will help improve our understanding of this renewable energy source and the contribution it can make to helping Scotland reduce its carbon emissions.” Renewable Energy Association (REA) head of external affairs James Court said: “We are hopeful that the ambition for geothermal being demonstrated in Scotland is replicated in DECC [the Department for Energy and Climate].”
*Ukraine: Green Tariff Extended to Geothermal Energy
Ukraine is reforming the “green” tariff for investments in renewable energy, including extending the tariff to geothermal energy. The tariff for power plants using geothermal energy will be 0.15 euros.