Geothermal in California, Idaho, Tanzania, Mexico, New Zealand and France

In this post: geothermal energy in California, Idaho, Tanzania, Mexico, New Zealand and France.

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Click below for the international geothermal roundup.

U.S. States

*California: Counties Meet on Geothermal and Biomass
An ivpressonline.com article states, Imperial and 12 other counties around the state met to discuss geothermal and biomass during the California State Association of Counties this month. The counties discussed combining efforts to push for legislation that will aid in developing geothermal energy and biomass.

*Idaho: Snake River Updates FORGE Activities
A new article on Idaho National Laboratory’s Web site shares details about the Snake River Geothermal Consortium, one of five groups competing in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) program. DOE’s Idaho Site has huge amounts of existing research and information about the Snake River Plain’s geology and hydrogeology. “It is important to note that the process is not the same as that used in oil and gas ‘fracking,’ where the production and disposal of contaminated water is an issue,” the article quotes Rob Podgorney, Center for Advanced Energy Studies and the geothermal energy chief of Idaho National Laboratory’s Energy Systems and Technologies Division.

Africa

*Tanzania: Toshiba Signs Geothermal MOU
Toshiba Corp. has reached a memorandum of understanding to work on geothermal energy with Tanzania Geothermal Development Co. in Tanzania. The country currently relies on hydro and fossil fuels.

The Americas

*Mexico: ENGIE and Reykjavik to Cooperate on Geothermal
ENGIE and Reykjavik Geothermal will begin cooperation on geothermal development in Mexico. A press release states, “The new Energy Reform initiated by Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto offers the possibility for the private sector to enter the power generation market. Today, geothermal energy represents 823 MW, or 1.3% of the country’s installed electrical capacity, but only 6.5% of total estimated geothermal potential (13.4 GW). The country projects it could utilize its high temperature resource potential to reach 4.5 GW in 2030.”

Asia and the Pacific

*New Zealand: Scholarship Goes to Geothermal Engineer
New Zealand’s prestigious Todd Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship in Energy Research for 2016 goes to a geothermal reservoir engineer. Katie McLean, Contact Energy, will use the scholarship ($50,000 over four years) to extend her current University of Auckland Masters program into a PhD on improving methods of well testing for geothermal wells.

Europe

*France: Geothermal Partnership Announced
A partnership agreement between Omnes Capital and geothermal power developer Fonroche Geothermie will focus on deep geothermal energy generation projects in France. Fonroche Geothermie owns seven operation permits in France and plans an investment of EUR 400 million (USD 434m) by 2025. “We are very happy to be working with Fonroche in geothermal energy. This partnership agreement follows on from the joint successes already achieved in the solar energy sector,” Serge Savasta, managing director at Omnes Capital, told press.

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