This post brings you geothermal headlines from Hawaii, Canada, El Salvador, Mexico, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, American Samoa and Australia.
Click below to read this week’s international geothermal roundup.
*Hawaii: UH Adds More Sites to Geothermal Permit
University of Hawaii has received the OK from the state’s Department of Land and Natural Resources for non drilling activities at 10 additional geothermal exploration sites in Kona, added to 9 sites already on an existing permit.
*Canada: BC Estimates Combined 400 MW for 9 Geo Sites
Geoscience BC along with BC Hydro and GeothermEx Inc. have estimated the 9 most favorable geothermal sites in British Columbia to have a combined potential energy output of 400 MW. A release stated, “This study provides British Columbians with a strategic economic framework necessary for the informed discussion of geothermal power generation in the province.”
*El Salvador: Geothermal Diploma Course Kicks Off
El Salvador has kicked off its five-month Geothermal Diploma Course with 10 professionals from El Salvador and 15 professionals from other countries: Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru. The trainees hail from government institutions, power utilities and power companies as well as universities and research institutions. Nordic Development Fund, one of the program partners, writes on their Web site: “There is great interest in geothermal energy in many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. It is estimated that Latin American has a 6,000 MW geothermal potential of which 43% is in Central America. El Salvador alone is currently exploring two new sites with a capacity of more than 200 MW.”
*Mexico: French Agency to Support Puebla Geothermal Plant
A new Letter of Intent between Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) of Mexico and the French Development Agency (AFD) includes financing of a geothermal plant at Puebla. CFE also signed an agreement with French energy company Engie for exchanging technological knowledge and best practices for gas and power.
*St. Kitts and Nevis: Gov’t Updating Geothermal Legislation
The government of St. Kitts and Nevis is looking to establish the geothermal potential of St. Kitts, while on Nevis, exploratory drilling has been completed. Minister of Energy Ian Liburd stated, “the government is looking at the legislation and bringing it up to speed to deal with feeder tariffs, geothermal development and other renewable energy resources.”
*St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Geo Drilling On Track for Next Year
St. Vincent’s geothermal energy project is on track to move to the drilling phase of the project by the second quarter of 2016, local press reported. The environmental analysis will follow and the plant itself is to be completed for start-up in 2018.
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*American Samoa: Geo Drilling to Begin Next Month
The American Samoa Power Authority says geothermal potential has been identified and drilling will begin next month. The territory looks to move away from imported fossil fuel and reach 30% generation from renewable sources by 2020, saving about $8 million in fuel costs.
*Australia: Queensland Town Announces Geo Project
The Winton Shire Council in western Queensland will soon use geothermal to power council buildings. The $3.5 billion project is planned for operations beginning in late 2016 and the council expects to save $15 million over 20 years in electricity costs.