In this post: Geothermal energy in St. Kitts and Nevis, Japan, The Philippines, Iceland and Italy.
Click below for the international geothermal roundup.
*St. Kitts and Nevis: PM Asks for Accelerated Pace on Renewables
Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis Timothy Harris has asked for an accelerated pace of renewables development during the 2016 Budget Address on Tuesday, December 15. He said, “We are still some distance away from creating the energy self-sufficiency needed to make a notable reduction in our dependence on fossil fuel consumption and the high cost of electricity.” Geothermal projects are in various stages on both St. Kitts and Nevis, with exploration results for St. Kitts expected to be reported in March.
Asia and the Pacific
*Geothermal Updates Announced in Japan and Philippines
Geothermal business is growing in the Asian geothermal market, a press release from Turboden states. The company is now operating its 6-MW geothermal power plant in Japan and has also recently been selected to supply a 50-MW geothermal plant in the Philippines. The Philippines plant is expdcted to be completed before the end of 2017. Turboden also has geothermal in Turkey and Europe for a total of 11 plants (99 MW), the release states.
*Iceland’s President Speaks on Geothermal at COP-21
At the recent United Nations Conference of Parties (COP-21) Iceland’s President Ólafur Ragnar Grimsson spoke on his country’s role as a global leader in geothermal energy. A Huffington Post article recounts, “Iceland was able in part to bounce back from the financial crisis of 2008 and rebuild its economy precisely because it’s been so successful at harnessing its bountiful natural resources. Foreign businesses are relocating there because of them, the power stations and geothermal sites are high on tourist itineraries, the agricultural and fishing industries are thriving as a result, and the air in cities has been transformed.”
*Italy: Geothermal Output Increased from 2014
Italy met 29.6% of the country’s electricity demand with renewable power in January-November 2015, with 5.3 GWh coming from geothermal energy. This was an increase from 5.07 GWh of geothermal output during the same period in 2014.