Leading news: Geothermal Industry Ready as Emissions Reductions Plans Form

This post brings you updates on GEA nominations, the DOE’s energy loan program, Nevada’s emissions reduction plan, EPA proposals to cut emissions, a geothermal training program in the Caribbean, and more.

Plus, the GEA Geothermal Energy Expo kicks off one month from today!

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Click below to read this week’s leading geothermal news.

*GEA Calls for Nominations for Board Election at GEA Members’ Annual Meeting
*President Obama to Keynote Clean Energy Summit
*Solicitations Are Open for Clean Energy Loan Program
*PUC Nevada Issues Emissions Reduction and Capacity Replacement Plan
*Member News: U.S. Geothermal Inc’s Shares Rise
*EPA Taking Comments on Proposal to Cut Oil and Gas Emissions
*Analysis Finds 31 States Will Be More Than Halfway Toward Meeting Their 2022 Clean Power Plan Goals
*Caribbean Group Seeks Geothermal Instructors for 2016 Training
*Momentum Continues for Geothermal in Indonesia

GEA Calls for Nominations for Board Election at GEA Members’ Annual Meeting
The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) invites nominations for its Board of Directors Election, coming up next month. If you are a GEA Member who is interested in nominating someone or being nominated, contact Karl Gawell, karl@geo-energy.org or (202) 454-5264 by September 1, 2015.

The elections will be held at the Annual GEA Members’ Meeting. Join us Sunday, September 20 from Noon to 2pm at the Peppermill Hotel in Reno, Nevada to discuss what GEA has done in 2015, seek input on priorities for the coming year, and talk about opportunities to grow the geothermal industry.

The meeting is in Reno in conjunction with the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo, September 20-23, but you do not need to attend either program to participate. For more information about the GEA Geothermal Energy Expo go to geo-energy.org/new_expo/.  For information about the Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting-Technical Sessions go to www.geothermal.org.

President Obama to Keynote Clean Energy Summit
Next month the State of Nevada will host the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo, but before then Nevada will also host the 8th National Clean Energy Summit. President Obama will keynote and U.S. Senator Harry Reid is a sponsor. “National Clean Energy Summit 8.0: Powering Progress” is in Las Vegas on Monday, August 24. The high-level conversation is held in one of the top-producing geothermal energy states. U.S. Senator Harry Reid, a cosponsor of the event, stated: “Nevada has rapidly become a leader in renewable energy deployment and innovation, making the Silver State the pulse of the clean energy movement and a natural location for government, business and advocacy leaders to unite and drive further action.” For information and to register visit cleanenergysummit.org.

Solicitations Are Open for Clean Energy Loan Program
Solicitations are open for the Title XVII Innovative Clean Energy Projects (Title XVII) loan program, and LPO is currently accepting applications. A remaining loan and loan guarantee authority of over $40 billion is authorized to finance innovative clean energy projects and advanced technology vehicles manufacturing, through the U.S. Department of Energy. Eligible projects must utilize a new or significantly improved technology, avoid, reduce or sequester greenhouse gases, be located in the United States, and have reasonable prospect of repayment. More information at http://www.energy.gov/lpo/open-solicitations.

PUC Nevada Issues Emissions Reduction and Capacity Replacement Plan
The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada’s Docket No. 13-06023, “Rulemaking to address an emissions reduction and capacity replacement plan and other matters related thereto in accordance with Senate Bill 123,” has been issued at http://pucweb1.state.nv.us/puc2/Dktinfo.aspx?Util=All. Senate Bill 123 of the 2013 legislative session requires ending reliance on coal-generated electricity.

Member News: U.S. Geothermal Inc’s Shares Rise
Americantradejournal.com reported shares of U.S. Geothermal Inc. (NYSEMKT:HTM), a GEA member, grew 16% in the past week and 14.82% for the last 4 weeks, and were up 24% in the last 3-month period. On August 15 saw a one-year high of $0.71. For more information, visit http://www.usgeothermal.com/.

EPA Taking Comments on Proposal to Cut Oil and Gas Emissions
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing commonsense proposed standards to cut emissions and volatile organic compounds (VOC) from the oil and natural gas industry. A press release from EPA named expected reductions to be around 340,000 to 400,000 short tons of methane in 2025, the equivalent of reducing 7.7 to 9 million metric tons of carbon dioxide; and net climate benefits of $120 to $150 million in 2025. The proposal is a part of the Administration’s Climate Action Plan to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40 to 45 percent from 2012 levels by 2025. EPA will take comment on the proposals for 60 days. More information, including technical fact sheets, is available at http://www.epa.gov/airquality/oilandgas/actions.html.

Analysis Finds 31 States Will Be More Than Halfway Toward Meeting Their 2022 Clean Power Plan Goals
Via Sustainable Energy Coalition and Union of Concerned Scientists — According to an updated version of UCS’ “States of Progress,” the majority of states, 31, have already made commitments—such as carbon caps, mandatory renewable electricity and energy efficiency standards, and announced coal plant closures—that will put them more than halfway toward meeting their 2022 Clean Power Plan benchmark, with 21 of these states set to surpass it. Similarly, 20 states are on track to be more than halfway toward meeting their 2030 Clean Power Plan target, with 16 states set to surpass it. In fact, many states can go even further than required by the Clean Power Plan in cutting their emissions. The analysis also shows that all nine mid-Atlantic states that form the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a regional cap-and-trade program to reduce power plant carbon pollution, are on track collectively to exceed both their 2022 and 2030 targets.

Caribbean Group Seeks Geothermal Instructors for 2016 Training
Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC; http://www.carilec.org/), an Association of Electric Utilities in the Caribbean, seeks proposals for a suite of training courses in geothermal energy from companies that work in geothermal energy technologies in the Caribbean region. CARILEC will provide airfare, accommodation, per diem and professional fees for the training. CARILEC is planning these training courses for 2016 and will require instructors for specific geothermal topics, listed below:

• Basic overview and principles of operation
• Plant supervision, operation and control
• Plant maintenance

As part of this, Caribbean area utilities are seeking to understand the business case for energy storage, energy storage technologies and the application with penetrations on geothermal. Please contact Laurena Primus, Training Manager, slprimus@carilec.org, 758 724 9873. CARILEC is accepting proposals and will complete the training plan by November 24, 2015.

Momentum Continues for Geothermal in Indonesia
Earlier this month the United States and Indonesia agreed to increase collaborations and explore opportunities in geothermal energy and held a workshop on international best practices for geothermal development and exploration.

An article on www.indonesia-investments.com quotes Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) that the government may form a new state-owned company to manage geothermal power, and a task force dedicated to accelerating renewables says the geothermal site in Bedugul will be activated by next year.

Jokowi has also commented that government will follow up on the licensing of 15 domestic and foreign investors to manage geothermal resources. “After the licenses have been issued, the energy and mineral resources minister must check that they are making use of the licenses. Dont let [the project] come to a standstill after the licenses have been issued,” the President is quoted in antaranews.com

Another step the government has stated publicly is that it will provide incentives such as import-tax reduction to attract foreign companies and investors.

The government recently made new announcements for these six geothermal projects:

  • Ulubelu II geothermal power plant in Lampung (Sumatra), which will have two new units (III and IV) of 55 MW each, located next to the 110 MW Ulubelu I geothermal facility. Pertamina Geothermal Energy aims to complete these units by August 2016 and June 2017, respectively (www.thejakartapost.com).
  • Lahendong unit V in Minahasa- Sulawesi, 2×20 MW.
  • Kamojang unit V plant near Bandung- West Java, 35 MW.
  • Karaha unit I in Tasikmalaya- West Java, 30 MW.
  • Lumut Balai unit I and II in South Sumatra, 55 MW.
  • Kerinci unit I in Jambi (Sumatra), 55 MW.
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