This post brings you geothermal headlines from California, Illinois, Canada and Indonesia.
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*California: PG&E Begins Drainage Improvements
Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) will begin drainage improvements on a former geothermal waste collection site near Middletown. This work is expected to take two months and include: drilling soil borings around the landfill perimeter, excavating a trench adjacent to the landfill and installing a drainage pipe. The site has been used to collect wastes including plant and sump water, drilling muds and drill cuttings.
*Illinois: University Getting Geothermal System
A $50,000 grant will go toward a geothermal heating and cooling system at Southern Illinois University. The grant comes from the GeoAlliance program, funded through the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation. Phil Gatton, director of plant and service operations told press, “The university’s strong relationship with ICEFG has allowed us to promote geothermal systems for local school districts, churches and small businesses that can learn from our experiences.”
*Canada: Geothermal Should be Part of Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan
An article on NationalObserver.com discusses the benefits of geothermal energy for Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan and other energy transition plans around the world. In Alberta, existing research into deep oil sands extraction and steam-enhanced oil recovery can be utilized to support development in the geothermal energy sector. Additionally, existing oil sands producers could harness geothermal energy from the hot water that comes out of the ground through their existing drill holes.
Asia and the Pacific
*Indonesia: $2.5 Billion Investment will Support Geothermal Projects
Geothermal power producer PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy (PGE) has provided updates on its sector development, announcing that a $2.5 billion investment will go to develop seven geothermal projects. The timeline targets commissioning by 2019. World Bank and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are funding the projects, and the company has set aside $644 million for capital expenditure in 2016. PGE has geothermal capacity 437 MW at present and targets 7,094.5 MW by 2025, according to local press.