This post brings you geothermal headlines from Hawaii, Illinois, Dominica, Indonesia and more.
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*Hawaii: Local Opinion Piece Supports Sustainability Through Geothermal
An opinion piece from Hawaii, “Why a sustainable future is worth it,” points out there is “potential to produce enough geothermal energy to almost power the entire state.” It also points out a 2014 Environmental Council Annual Report that shows Hawaii is the largest consumer of fossil fuels in the nation.
*Illinois: University Awarded 3rd Geothermal Grant
A $50,000 grant will help fund a geothermal system installation at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. SIUC has previously receiving similar funding for two other geothermal projects. “We are front-runners and try to be green, be sensitive to the environment and utilize university resources more efficiently,” Phil Gatton, director of plant and service operations told local press.
*Indiana: Jail to Benefit from Geo System
The Boone County Jail in Lebanon, Indiana will soon benefit from a geothermal heating and cooling system. The project cost around $1.6 million and was headed by Energy Systems Group of Indianapolis. The installation is expected to pay for itself in about 15 years.
*New York: City Council Passes Geothermal Systems Bill
In early December, New York City Council unanimously passed INT. 609-A to promote the use of geothermal systems. The online Queens Gazette calls this “the first time in New York City history that the social cost of carbon will be used to measure cost-efficiency as part of city policy.” New York City plans to reduce carbon emissions by 80% before the year 2050.
*Dominica: Tropical Storm Erika Delays Geothermal Project
The effects of Tropical Storm Erika have also affected the timeline of the geothermal project in Dominica. Exploration and testing on the project has already been completed.
Asia and the Pacific
*Indonesia: Geothermal Tenders Announced
The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry of Indonesia has announced open tender processes for geothermal resources at Way Ratai, Lampung; Marana, Central Sulawesi and Gunung Talang Bukit Kili, West Sumatra.
*Iceland: Task Force to Examine Undersea Cable Feasibility
Iceland and the UK have created a new UK-Iceland Energy Task Force to further examine the feasibility of using Icelandic resources, including geothermal energy, to power the UK through undersea cabling. The group is to report back in six months. This follows up on a 2012 memorandum of understanding. Previous estimates have said the project could take up to 10 years to complete.