Leading news: Updates on Tax Extenders, Climate Rule and more

This post brings you a letter to Congress on tax extenders, updates on the EPA’s Climate Plan, legislative action on the Salton Sea in California, and a request for geothermal consulting services in Chile.

Chile was identified in GEA’s 2015 “Annual U.S. & Global Geothermal Power Production Report” (PDF) among countries developing 50 MW of geothermal or more:


And below, the Climate Investment Funds on “Lessons on the Role of Public Finance in Deploying Geothermal Energy in Developing Countries” (PDF) included Chile as well. Chile was identified as an “Inexperienced geothermal sector in a more developed private investment market” and noted for its Geothermal Risk Mitigation Program (MIRIG) as an example for increasing support in early-stage development as well as for its Sustainable Geothermal Development Project.


Click below to read this week’s leading news for the geothermal industry and GEA members.

*See You at the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo
*GEA Signs Letter to Congress Urging Action on Tax Extenders
*Federal Court of Appeals Refuses to Block Obama Climate Rule
*California Passes Legislation to Support Salton Sea Restoration Projects
*Little Hoover Commission to Discuss Salton Sea Draft Study
*World Bank Seeking Geothermal Consulting Services for Chile

See You at the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo
Are you exhibiting at the Geothermal Energy Expo this year? The world’s largest annual gathering of geothermal professionals is happening September 20-23 at the Peppermill Hotel in Reno, Nevada. 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, including 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.

The East Africa Geothermal Partnership is facilitating an Executive Exchange delegation to the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo. Delegates will attend from KenGen, Geothermal Development Company, Geothermal Development Agency, Djibouti Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Electricité de Djibouti, Ethiopian Electric Power, Ethiopia Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy and Geological Survey of Ethiopia. If you’d like to schedule a meet with East African delegates, complete the form at geo-energy.org and submit by email to csmith@usea.org.

GEA Signs Letter to Congress Urging Action on Tax Extenders
The Geothermal Energy Association has signed on to a letter to the Full House and Senate, urging immediate action to extend seamlessly, enhance or make permanent the expired and expiring tax provisions that include incentives for geothermal development. The letter states:

To the Members of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives:

The undersigned organizations, representing millions of individuals, employees, businesses of all sizes, community development organizations and non-profit organizations, urge Congress to act immediately on a seamless, multiyear or permanent extension of the expired and expiring tax provisions, including appropriate enhancements. These tax provisions are critically important to U.S. jobs and the broader economy.

Failure to extend these provisions is a tax increase. It will inject instability and uncertainty into the economy and weaken confidence in the employment marketplace. Acting promptly on this matter will provide important predictability necessary for economic growth.

The expired provisions should be renewed as soon as possible this year. We urge all members of Congress to work together to extend seamlessly on a multiyear basis, and where possible enhance or make permanent, these important tax provisions.

The Geothermal Energy Association, Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Enel Green Power North America, Inc., Geothermal Exchange Organization and the American Wind Energy Association are among the over 2000 companies, associations and organizations signed on to the Broad Tax Extenders Coalition letter.

Federal Court of Appeals Refuses to Block Obama Climate Rule
Via Sustainable Energy Coalition and The Hill–The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has declined requests to block the Obama administration’s landmark climate rule for power plants. In a short, two-paragraph order, the court ruled that West Virginia, more than a dozen other states and a coal-mining company do not qualify for a judicial stay that would stop the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from implementing the regulation until the litigation is complete. It’s the first major loss for the conservative states since President Obama announced the final version of the regulation in early August. The ruling means the states will have to wait until the EPA publishes the final rule in the Federal Register, which it plans to do by the end of October, to file a lawsuit against it and ask for a judicial stay.

California Passes Legislation to Support Salton Sea Restoration Projects
In California, AB 1095 has passed and is now waiting to be signed by the governor. It requires the California National Resource Agency to study and recommend some Salton Sea Restoration projects. The legislation states, “On or before March 31, 2016, the Natural Resources Agency shall submit to the Legislature a list of shovel-ready Salton Sea restoration projects, including information regarding project costs and project completion timelines.” The term “shovel-ready” is defined to mean “those projects that are in either the final planning, environmental review, or permitting phase.” See leginfo.ca.gov

Little Hoover Commission to Discuss Salton Sea Draft Study
Via Little Hoover Commission–The Little Hoover Commission’s Salton Sea study is on the agenda for the Commission’s Thursday, September 24, 2015, business meeting. The business meeting will start around 12:30 p.m. following adjournment of the public hearing on a different topic. (The precise start time will depend on the length of witness testimony and the number and length of public comments at the preceding hearing.) The Commission is reviewing the state’s Salton Sea environmental mitigation and restoration strategy per a request from Assemblymember Garcia.

World Bank Seeking Geothermal Consulting Services for Chile
The World Bank is requesting Expressions of Interest for geothermal consulting services in Chile. #1193738 “TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR GEOTHERMAL DEVELOPMENT IN CHILE” is due 21-Sep-2015 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.). This request comes following the Government of Chile’s securing of US$ 53 million from the Clean Technology Fund (CTF), which is being channeled through the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to advance geothermal development in the country.

The objective will be to analyze and identify existing industries and service providers in Chile that could contribute domestically to the geothermal sector, including comparisons to other countries with significant geothermal sectors. Via World Bank, “In particular the analysis will focus on elements that could promote the creation of a national drilling industry for geothermal purposes or associated industrial sectors, such as steel or turbine manufacturers, that could adapt their products to meet the specific needs of the geothermal industry. Once industries are identified, the assessment will include an evaluation of the technical necessities and commercial incentives that could be put in place to direct the industries towards contributing to the geothermal industry with domestic products, and how to better coordinate ancillary service companies.

Interested firms are asked to provide information on their qualifications in the field of the assignment, on the technical and managerial capabilities of the firm, on the core business and years in business, and on the qualifications of key staff. Submit online at https://wbgeconsult2.worldbank.org/wbgec/index.html.


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