This post brings you geothermal headlines from Kenya, Nicaragua, the Philippines, and Iceland.
Iceland’s Premier Geothermal Spa, the Blue Lagoon
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Click below for this week’s international geothermal roundup.
Kenya – Kenya Power’s Usage of Thermal Drops in Favor of Hydro and Geothermal
Due to a strong El Niño season, Kenya Power has switched from thermal energy, with high usage in the summer, to renewable sources like geothermal and hydropower. They were recognized by the ENERGY Regulatory Commission for powering 85% of the grid with geothermal and hydropower. Kenya is currently preparing to increase power generation through renewable means, which are more cost-effective than diesel-powered generators.
Nicaragua – Preliminary Drilling Completed in San Jacinto
GEA member Polaris Energy Nicaragua has successfully drilled the initial production well of three proposed wells in order to launch its 72-MW San Jacinto geothermal project in Nicaragua. Preliminary measurements were promising and Polaris will continue to monitor the well for future development purposes.
Asia and the Pacific
Philippines – Power Plant Expansion Announced in Batangas Province
Maibarara Geothermal Inc. president Francisco Delfin Jr. announced a 12 MW geothermal power plant expansion in the Batangas province that will be online in 2017, adding to the preexisting 20 MW geothermal power project in Sto. Thomas, Batangas.
Proposed Facility Would Bring Geothermal Power to Luzon
The Energy Development Corp. (EDC), one of the Philippines leading geothermal energy producers, is seeking approval to construct a facility that would allow its geothermal expansion project to connect to the Luzon grid, with the EDC’s Bac-Man 3 geothermal power plant predicted to be operational by 2017, meeting the increasing energy demands of the Philippines’ most populous island.
Iceland – Geothermal Attractions Spur Tourism
Developments in Iceland’s geothermal energy market have boosted eco-tourism. Iceland has become an entirely clean energy society due to its investments in geothermal and hydroelectric power, making it a model for sustainable development. Its power plants attract tourists curious about what a clean energy economy looks like, with added bonuses like the Blue Lagoon “spa” that are a byproduct of geothermal plants.