This post brings you headlines from Hawaii, Mexico, Japan and The Philippines.
Click below for the international geothermal roundup.
*Hawaii: 100% Renewables Goal a Priority
Governor Ige announced his opposition to the NextEra Energy/Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI) merger and NextEra has defended its proposal in a filing with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. Critics are concerned that Florida Power & Light, also owned by NextEra, has been slow on or opposed to renewables. NextEra says it is fully committed to Hawaii’s 100% renewables by 2045 goal.
*Mexico: Geothermal Outlook Positive
Mexico’s action on including IPPs in its geothermal development continues. BMI Research stated, “The outcome of Mexico’s geothermal ‘Round Zero’ – the process through which the government determined which unexploited sites will be developed by the state-controlled utility Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) and which ones will be awarded to the private sector through an upcoming tender – has reinforced our positive outlook for private investment in the sector.”
*Japan: Geothermal Restrictions Eased
Japan’s Environment Ministry will ease restrictions on geothermal development activities in national or quasi-national parks. Reports have estimated 80% of Japan’s geothermal resources are located in these parks. There will be areas restricted to diagonal drilling and special protection zones. The Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry will inject ¥23 billion a year for geothermal financial assistance and debts guarantees as well as promoting the understanding of geothermal to the community.
*The Philippines: Bids on Geothermal Contracts Announced
The Renewable Energy Management Bureau has received bids for several new service contracts and still plans to make the awards on September 4. The Southern Leyte geothermal prospect received bids from Repower Energy Development Corp.; Cabalian Bay Company, Inc.; and Aboitiz Renewables, Inc. The Amacan geothermal prospect in Compostela Valley received bids from APC Energy Resources, Inc.; Emerging Power, Inc.; Energy Development Corp.; Biliran Geothermal, Inc.; and Repower. The Unified Leyte Geothermal Power Plant (ULGPP) received only one bid, from Unified Leyte Geothermal Energy, Inc.
*The Philippines: FIT for Geothermal a Possiblity
Propositions for the Philippines’ “Renewable Energy Act” could include new FIT incentives for geothermal as well as hydro projects. Energy Secretary officer-in-charge Zenaida Y. Monsada told press the NREB (National Renewable Energy Board) is initiating discussions and will evaluate the potential draw for investors.