Leading news: Policy Decisions Coming in DC, Sacramento, Indonesia

In this post: The GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo, including a high-level East Africa delegation, environmental and energy policy issues on DC’s fall agenda, California’s legislation decisions and ways to help improve the Indonesia permitting process.

The GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo is just a couple weeks away on September 20-23 at the Peppermill Hotel in Reno, Nevada! This is the world’s largest annual gathering of geothermal professionals. 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 http://www.geothermal.org.

GEA Members, you are invited to attend the Annual GEA Members Meeting on September 20 from noon to 2pm at the Peppermill Hotel. This will include the Board of Directors Election. For information, contact Karl Gawell, karl@geo-energy.org or (202) 454-5264. We will also discuss what GEA has done in 2015, seek input on priorities for the coming year, and talk about opportunities to grow the geothermal industry.

GEA’s Geothermal Energy Expo
GEA’s Geothermal Energy Expo

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*Environmental and Energy Issues on DC’s Fall Agenda
*East African Executive Exchange Coming to GRC Annual Meeting and GEA Geothermal Energy Expo
*California Nailing Down Climate and Energy Plan
*GEA Gathering Info for Indonesia Geothermal Permitting
*Thank You to GEA Members

Environmental and Energy Issues on DC’s Fall Agenda
Karl Gawell, GEA Executive Director–Congress returns next week and faces a series of environmental and energy issues waiting for action. In addition to the backlog of actions on appropriations and voting on the Iran nuclear deal, there is possible action on tax extenders, energy legislation and re-authorization of the Export-Import Bank.

During the Summer Recess, the Administration made energy and environment a hallmark of their activities. EPA unveiled its Clean Power Plan, President Obama spoke at the Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas and then visited sites in Alaska to highlight the need for action on global warming.

So, will Congress respond and weigh into pending energy and environment legislation?

It does appear that a tax extenders bill and an energy bill are on the short-list of the leadership for action this Fall if they can find the time and then find the consensus. The scheduled days that Congress plans to be in session are very limited, so that complicates their agenda.

But, expect Global Warming to stay on the radar screen. Pope Francis is expected to highlight his concerns when he visits Washington later this month. Also, the Climate treaty meeting in Paris will ensure attention as almost 200 country representatives gather to discuss a new agreement on climate change. Groups seeking to influence the talks are scheduling events starting in October.

Lots of smoke, so to speak. We can only be hopeful that Congress will move on tax, permitting and other measures important for the future of geothermal energy as part of their response.

We will keep you posted.

GEA’s Geothermal Energy Expo

East African Executive Exchange Coming to GRC Annual Meeting and GEA Geothermal Energy Expo
The East Africa Geothermal Partnership is facilitating an Executive Exchange delegation to the GRC Annual Meeting and GEA Geothermal Energy Expo in Reno, Nevada and invites interested parties to set up meetings with senior-level East African decision-makers on the following dates: Sept. 20-24. Via EAGP, “The Executive Exchange to the GRC Annual Meeting and GEA Geothermal Energy Expo will serve to showcase opportunities for US geothermal developers in East Africa as well as help identify market niches for geothermal value chain suppliers. The delegation will include staff from the US-East Africa Geothermal Partnership (EAGP) and will comprise government representatives as well as public and private project developers from Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Kenya.”

Here are the senior executives from East African institutions planning to participate in the exchange:

  • KenGen – Kenya
  • Geothermal Development Company (GDC) – Kenya
  • Geothermal Development Agency (ODEGG) – Djibouti
  • Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources – Djibouti
  • Electricité de Djibouti (EDD) – Djibouti
  • Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) – Ethiopia
  • Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy – Ethiopia
  • Geological Survey of Ethiopia (GSE) – Ethiopia

To schedule a meeting with East African delegates, complete the form at geo-energy.org and submit by email to csmith@usea.org.

GEA’s Geothermal Energy Expo

California Nailing Down Climate and Energy Plan
California is likely to pass a version of the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act (SB 350) next week (desertsun.com). SB 350 would set the following goals: 50% reduction in petroleum use; 50% utility power coming from renewable energy; and 50% increase in energy efficiency in existing buildings. SB 350 would also instruct utility regulators to consider the benefits of round-the-clock clean energy sources. Some critics are saying it doesn’t do enough to help more reliable renewable power sources, like geothermal. Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia called SB 350’s language, that he helped author, “a good first step” toward building more geothermal energy plants built along the southern shore of the Salton Sea. Garcia told press he’s still trying to get an amendment in the bill that would require new geothermal energy. The California Assembly has until September 11th to complete action on legislation.

GEA Gathering Info for Indonesia Geothermal Permitting
Following passage of Indonesia’s geothermal legislation in August 2014, ESDM is responsible for devising regulations for the process. The U.S. Department of State is working with the Indonesia’s Ministry of Energy and Mining Resources (ESDM) on geothermal development issues and improvements. GEA Members and U.S. companies with information or experience in the current permitting process can help to ensure best practices as changes are considered. Items that will help include lists of current permit requirements and any notes on ones that overlap. Example frameworks from other countries will also help. Send any input or comments to leslie@geo-energy.org.

Thank You to GEA Members
The Geothermal Energy Association thanks its Members for your support. Without you we could not advocate for and help to expand the geothermal industry. Your participation is critical as we market and plan for the future of this clean, renewable and sustainable energy source. Using geothermal preserves the environment and creates jobs across the United States and around the world. Our Member companies embody the range of the industry from developers to investors to manufacturers. GEA Members 2015 are:

Board Level Members

CalEnergy /Berkshire Hathaway Energy
Cyrq Energy, Inc.
Enel Green Power
Imperial Irrigation District
US Geothermal

Executive Level Members

Chadbourne & Parke LLP
Industrial Builders
Northern California Power Agency
Scientific Drilling

Full Members

AltaRock Energy, Inc.
A-T Controls, Inc.
Barbour Wells, Inc.
Bob Lawrence and Associates, Inc.
Burisma Holdings Limited
Cameron International
Cooling Tower Depot, Inc.
CVN Vooner
Daldrup & Soehne AG
Domenic J. Falcone & Associates
EGS, Inc
ElectraTherm, Inc.
Expro Group
Fuji Electric Corp. of America
Geothermal Development Associates
Geothermal Resource Group
Hanjin D&B
Holland & Hart
Hydro Resources
Kenai Drilling
Leidos Corporation
LIUNA Local 1184
Locke Lord LLP
Magee Geophysical Services, LLC
Mannvit Engineering
Marathon Capital
Mitsubishi Power Systems, Inc.
NV Energy
Patagonia Financial Holdings
Paul Graham Drilling & Service Co
PB Power
Perkins Coie LLP
Polaris Energy Nicaragua S.A.
Power Chem
POWER Engineers
Reed Electric
Reykjavik Geothermal
Ruen Drilling, Inc.
SNC-Lavalin Constructors Inc.
SPX Heat Transfer LLC
Thermochem, Inc.
Transmark Turkey Services
University of Nevada Great Basin Center
Van Ness Feldman, PC
Vooner FloGard Corporation
Wanzek Construction
Well Analysis Corp
Western Cultural Resource Management, Inc.
Wieland Thermal Soultions
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Small Business Members

4i’s CNMI, LLC
Almar Professional Land Services, Inc.
Alterra Power (AMOR IX)
Amor IX, LLC
AMSA, Inc.
C. Steinweig
Capuano Engineering Company
Coastal Technologies
Consent Energy, LLC
Controlled Thermal Resources Inc
Cornell Energy Institute
Dewhurst Group
DOSECC Exploration Services, LLC
Drill Cool Systems, Inc.
EvapTech, Inc.
Gemini Enterprises, Inc.
Global Power Solutions, LLC
Great Basin Center
Horizon Well Logging, Inc.
Industrial Cooling Solutions, Inc
Initiative, Intelligence, Innovative Investment.
Jim Ray Co., Inc.
Kelly Pipe Co., LLC
KMS Technologies
Kodali, Inc.
Layman Energy Associates, Inc.
Maarky Thermal Systems
Mink GeoHydro Inc
Naknek Electric Association, Inc.
Pagosa Verde, LLC
Panorama Environmental
Project Engineering/Dacis-Lynch
Ram Energy Inc.
Southern Methodist University Geothermal Lab
Starlight Investments
Torishima Pump Mfg. Co., Ltd
Tuscarora USA

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