REEE Solicitations Announced, African Developments, Pacific Progress

In this post:
*ADDITIONAL APPLICATION DEADLINES FOR ADVANCED FOSSIL AND REEE SOLICITATIONS ANNOUNCED
*Renewable Energy World: More African Countries Embrace Geothermal Power, Receive $37M in Funding
*Idemitsu to Commence Drilling Survey for Fukushima Geothermal Plan
*Press Release: U.S. Geothermal Inc. Updates Two Development Projects
*Press Release: Ormat Completes Construction at Veyo Recovered Energy Generation Project in Southern Utah for UAMPS
*Thanks you to GEA Members New and Renewed!
*Ethiopian PM Visits Olkaria Plant in Kenya, Promises More Energy Partnerships
*Regional Indonesian Governments to Receive Share of Geothermal Profits
*Press Release: Two Energy Technology Projects from Los Alamos Gain DOE Funding
*Philippines EDC Official Says Geothermal Expansion Outside Mt. Talinis
*East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC) Scheduled for Nairobi in September

Reee

LPO has announced that new Part I and Part II application deadlines have been added for the Title XVII Advanced Fossil Energy Projects and Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy (REEE) Projects loan guarantee solicitations.  Upcoming application deadlines for both solicitations are listed below, but please refer to the solicitation pages for more information.
Part I
July 13, 2016
September 14, 2016 (newly added)
November 30, 2016 (newly added)

Part II
August 17, 2016
October 19, 2016
November 30, 2016 (newly added)

** Potential applicants should note that additional rounds may be announced in supplements to these solicitations.
In August 2015, LPO released supplements to its existing approximately $4.5 billion Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy (REEE) Projects and $8.5 billion Advanced Fossil Energy Projects solicitations to provide guidance on the kinds of Distributed Energy Projects and project structures it can support under the Title XVII loan guarantee program.

Read LPO Director of Origination Douglas Schultz’s blog post addressing six common questions about loan guarantees for Distributed Energy Projects.

LPO is currently accepting applications for Title XVII open solicitations in three technology areas and applications for the ATVM program:
* Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM)
(Approximately $16 Billion in remaining authority)
* Advanced Fossil Energy Projects
($8.5 Billion in remaining authority)
* Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy (REEE) Projects
(Estimated to be approximately $4.5 Billion in remaining authority)
Advanced Nuclear Energy Projects
($12.5 Billion in remaining authority)
To access information about all current solicitations and important solicitation supplements, please visit the  Title XVII Open Solicitations page.

Renewable Energy World: More African Countries Embrace Geothermal Power, Receive $37M in Funding

The tiny East African countries of Rwanda, Djibouti and the Union of Comoros have joined the African league of geothermal power producers, in a field still dominated by Kenya after applying and getting funding to commence surface studies and drilling operations from the US $115 Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility (GRMF) fund, which is administered by the African Union (AU).

The countries, which also seriously suffer energy shortages, have less than 20 percent of their population with access to electricity, according estimates by the World Bank and the AU, despite studies showing that they sat on steam power potential in upwards of 4,000 MW.

Their ability to exploit the potential, however, has been hindered by a lack of funds, making them resort to the GRMF financed by western donor countries and banks.

Alongside Kenya and Ethiopia, the countries have jointly won a US $36.7 million funding for a total of seven different projects at an evaluation meeting convened at AU headquarters in Ethiopia on June 17, and being part of third round of funding applications from the GRMF established in 2012.

Rwanda, through its state Energy Development Corporation Ltd., and Comoros, through state company Bureau Géologique des Comores, received funding for drilling, while Djibouti government corporation L’Office Djiboutien de développement de l’Energie Géothermique won funding for surface studies.

Further applications for funding from Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Ethiopia are due for consideration for multiple projects to be implemented by both government-owned agencies and the private sector, in the last quarter of 2016.

Following the approval of the grants, it is expected that the newcomers should start generating power from steam in the next three to four years, with the majority benefitting from Kenya’s 20 years’ experience in geothermal development, as well as from the government of New Zealand, which has offered to avail technical expertise to the newcomers.

“New Zealand will make available its well-developed policy, hard and soft tools, and cutting-edge technology as well as expertise of over 60 years in geothermal energy,” Bruce Shepherd, the country’s envoy to the AU, said during the June 17 meeting.

The country has helped the AU develop a Code of Practice for Geothermal Drilling, which allows for exploration of energy sustainably particularly with regard to effects of climate change

The 11 countries in the East African Rift System – Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, Comoros, Eritrea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, and Zambia – are members of the mitigation fund.

GRMF was established with the aim of reducing barriers to investment in the sector to attract both public and private investment.

The facility is financed by the EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund, the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation, German bank KfW Entwicklungsbank and UK Department for International Development.

Grants under the GRMF cover costs of infrastructural development, including water, access roads and power. Also included are surface studies, exploration, drilling and well testing.

Despite the huge steam potential in the region’s rift valley system, only 586 MW of steam has been harnessed, with Kenya leading with an installed capacity of 579 MW, followed by Ethiopia with 7.3 MW.

Link: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2016/06/more-african-countries-embrace-geothermal-power-receive-37m-in-funding.html

Idemitsu to Commence Drilling Survey for Fukushima Geothermal Plan

Idemitsu Kosan Co., a Japanese refiner, is preparing to begin drilling surveys for a geothermal project in Fukushima with ten other Japanese companies, showcasing efforts to promote clean energy in the prefecture after the devastating earthquake in 2011 triggered the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl.

Two survey wells will be drilled as deep as 1.9 kilometers (1.2 miles) at the Bandai-Asahi national park 230 kilometers north of Tokyo later this year, said Hisashi Jotaki, who heads the geothermal section at Idemitsu. Surface surveys began in 2013 to identify areas suitable for drilling.

“It’s unusual for 11 companies to work together on a geothermal project,” Jotaki said in an interview. “But we decided to do this as we want Fukushima to use geothermal power to help their reconstruction efforts.”

The plan in question is among dozens of geothermal power projects to receive government subsidies for geological surveys and test drilling across the country since 2012.

For the Fukushima project, the partners – including Inpex Corp. and Mitsui Oil Exploration Co. – will decide by March 2018 whether to move on to drilling wells for use in actual power generation. That would depend on the results of the current survey, said Jotaki, a 36-year-veteran in geothermal development.

Reserve Capacity

The companies are aiming for the project to come online in the 2020s, the official stated.

Japan has 23 GW of geothermal reserves, ranking it close behind the U.S. and Indonesia, according to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Japan currently has only 520 MW of geothermal capacity.

Even though Japan introduced an incentive program for clean energy in July 2012, the pace of geothermal expansion has been slow, given that development cycles typically last about 10 years and projects involve negotiations with local communities and hot spring operators, which often cause contention.

To promote the construction of large-scale projects, the government relaxed rules in 2012 and again in 2015 to develop geothermal in national parks where about 80% of Japan’s reserves lie. The rule changes allowed for drilling for the Fukushima project because the potential site is in protected areas, Jotaki said.

Idemitsu is also exploring the feasibility of two other geothermal projects in the northern prefectures of Hokkaido and Akita with Inpex and Mitsui Oil Exploration.

Other companies taking part in the Fukushima project are Sumitomo Corp., Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Geothermal Energy Research & Development Co., Japan Metals & Chemicals Co., Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company Inc., Mitsubishi Corp., Mitsubishi Corporation Power Ltd., and Mitsubishi Materials Corp.

Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-24/idemitsu-to-begin-drilling-survey-for-fukushima-geothermal-plan

Press Release: U.S. Geothermal Inc. Updates Two Development Projects

Drilling started at El Ceibillo  

Drilling to begin at San Emidio II

BOISE, IDAHO June 27, 2016 – U.S. Geothermal Inc. (the “Company”) a leading and profitable renewable energy company focused on the development, production, and sale of electricity from geothermal energy, announced today an update on two of its advanced stage development projects.

El Ceibillo (Guatemala)

Drilling of a new large diameter well, EC-5, began June 9.  Well EC-5 is targeting the production zone previously encountered in well EC-2A.  Well EC-5 will be used to test the geothermal reservoir’s flow characteristics and provide critical data required for the numerical reservoir model being developed by Mannvit Engineering of Iceland.   The reservoir model will be used to determine the size, production characteristics, and power production capability of the reservoir.

San Emidio Phase II (Nevada)

Approval has been received from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to deepen two geothermal wells originally drilled to obtain temperature gradients at San Emidio.   Drilling is scheduled to begin on July 11.   A vegetation survey was completed in May, and a nesting bird survey will be conducted within 10 days before drilling operations commence.    Extended vegetation surveys were completed over the larger resource target area in anticipation of the need for additional roads and well pads.

The two wells were originally drilled to a depth of 1,000 feet and encountered high bottom hole temperatures and high temperature gradients.  Both of these are indicators of a deeper, active geothermal system.   If productive zones are encountered, the wells will be tested to determine resource temperature and production characteristics of this south-west zone.

“We are pleased to be moving forward again with drilling at our El Ceibillo project in Guatemala and our San Emidio project in Nevada”, said Doug Glaspey, President and COO of US Geothermal.  “Both projects hold great promise and we are very optimistic that the drilling results and testing will allow us to confirm their respective resource potentials in support of obtaining a power purchase agreement.”

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Saf Dhillon – Investor Relations

U.S. Geothermal Inc.

Tel: 866-687-7059

Fax: 208-424-1030

saf@usgeothermal.com

Press Release: Ormat Completes Construction at Veyo Recovered Energy Generation Project in Southern Utah for UAMPS

RENO, Nev., June 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ormat Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ORA) announced today that construction was completed at the Veyo Heat Recovery Project in southern Utah. This project falls under a $22.3 million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS), and it features an air-cooled Recovered Energy Generation (REG) unit at UAMPS’ Kern River Gas Transmission (Kern River) Veyo natural gas compressor station.

The EPC contract was signed November 5, 2014 where an Ormat Energy Converter (OEC) is employed to generate power from heat that otherwise would have been released into the atmosphere. The Veyo REG project was brought online May 26, 2016, a full four months ahead of schedule.

“This is the second REG project that we have successfully completed at a compressor station along the Kern River pipeline and the first REG project in Utah. We are thrilled to have reached this final milestone four months before the projected finish date with power output higher than spec, improving UAMPS’ project profitability and returns,” said Isaac Angel, chief executive officer of Ormat. “REG is a baseload, reliable, affordable and emission-free asset that integrates smoothly with the host heat source and is very simple to own and operate. We applaud UAMPS for adding this clean resource to their portfolio from a heat source that would otherwise have gone to waste.”

For decades, Ormat has offered its state-of-the-art REG power solution to fully exploit the energy potential found in a variety of industrial processes, including gas compressor stations, gas processing plants, paper mills, oil and gas refineries, cement factories, incinerators, chemical plants, glass manufacturers and others.

In 2009, Utah became one of the first states to recognize waste heat to power as a renewable energy technology and has taken steps to incentivize its development. Since then, Utah has continued to see a wave of new projects across the renewable spectrum, including geothermal and recovered energy generation. This project follows the success of three geothermal power plants Ormat has previously built in Utah.

“Our confidence in the Veyo Heat Recovery Project has only been echoed throughout Utah,” said Doug Hunter, general manager of UAMPS. “Ormat has delivered above and beyond our expectations. We are eager to provide this great power source to the various independent utilities participating in the project.”

UAMPS will hold a commissioning ceremony for the Veyo Heat Recovery Project onsite on June 28, 2016 starting at 10:30 a.m.

Ormat is the main solution provider for waste heat to power systems on gas pipeline compressor stations. REG units convert waste heat from the exhaust of gas turbine-driven compressors into electricity for on-site consumption and/or for sale to local utilities. Ormat’s REG solutions for gas compressor stations are based on the OEC, a power generation unit that converts a wide range of temperature heat into electrical energy. OECs are custom designed to optimally leverage the specific conditions of a wide variety of heat sources. They are suitable for outdoor installation and remote operation in hot and cold weather conditions.

The OEC offers unmanned, automatic operation that is remotely monitored. There is no water usage, no fuel consumption, low maintenance and simple operation. Customers benefit from quick, easy on-site implementation, a small installed footprint and no interference with host site operation.

Link: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2016/06/24/ethiopian-pm-visits-olkaria-promises-more-energy-partnerships_c1375254

Thanks you to GEA Members New and Renewed!

GEA works to put geothermal on the map in Washington, Sacramento, and elsewhere. We depend upon our members support to do so.   We work to make a difference so that the industry and your company can succeed.

This week we want to say thank you to following new/renewed GEA Members:

Capuano Engineering

Watch for more thank you’s in future editions of GEW! If you need information about membership go to: http://geo-energy.org/membership.aspx or contact Daniela@geo-energy.org.

Ethiopian PM Visits Olkaria Plant in Kenya, Promises More Energy Partnerships

The Ethiopian PM recently promised more collaboration with Kenya on energy when he visited Olkaria, the largest geothermal power plant in Africa, last week.

Hailemariam Desalegn led a delegation of senior officials from his country to the Kenya-Ethiopia Business Forum.

Hailemariam said Kenya and Ethiopia are strategic partners and that his visit will enhance their economic cooperation.

“We are specifically keen on the energy sector. Both governments have expressed the desire to increase collaboration to steer economic development,” the PM said.

He said he was impressed by Kenya’s investment in the plant, noting geothermal energy is clean, green and has minimal effects on the environment.

KenGen chief executive Abert Mugo hailed the PM’s tour noting energy-related projects topped the agenda of Uhuru and the PM’s bilateral talks.

Mugo noted that the plant has elevated Kenya to position eight globally in geothermal production.

The Lapsset project was among topics discussed at State House, President Uhuru Kenyatta saying Kenya will work closely with Ethiopia on it.

In December 2015, at a function in Moyale, Uhuru and Hailemariam witnessed the signing of a Sh20 billion deal to end conflict along their common border and spur development.

The two promised the deal would help create jobs, reduce poverty and foster trade in their restive borderlands.

The main economic focus of the deal was developing the area’s untapped energy and mineral resources and meat and livestock trade to create jobs for youth.

In 2013, Ethiopia embarked on a project to export large amounts of clean power across East Africa.

With an estimated potential capacity of 45,000 MW from hydro alone, the country is at the center of an emerging electricity network across the region, driven largely by renewable energy.

The Eastern Africa Power Pool aims to connect the power grids of at least nine countries, including Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and Dji.

Also in the pipeline is the 500-kv transmission line connecting the Kenyan and Ethiopian grids, which is expected to be complete by the end of 2016 at a cost of up to $1.26 billion.

It would make Kenya, which has the region’s largest industrial base, the largest buyer of Ethiopian power at an eventual 400 MW, and could allow Ethiopia to export up to 1,600 MW to countries further afield.

Link: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2016/06/24/ethiopian-pm-visits-olkaria-promises-more-energy-partnerships_c1375254

Regional Indonesian Governments to Receive Share of Geothermal Profits

Local governments will soon be able to enjoy the profits from geothermal activities. The government has entered the final stages of drafting a regulation on the bonus from geothermal production, which is expected to be implemented next month.

“The Energy Minister, Finance Minister, Home Affairs Minister, and the Coordinating Minister for the Economy have all agreed. We now only have to wait for the president’s approval,” Yunus Saefulhak Director of Geothermal Energy and Mineral Resources, told Tempo Monday, June 20, 2016.

The bonus and profit portions for local governments will be given based on the sales percentage between geothermal developers and the central government. The calculation is based on power units (kilowatt hours/kWh). For thermal power sales and purchase agreements (SAPs), the profit share is 1.0 percent and for electricity SAPs the share is 0.5 percent.

Yunus said areas that are eligible for a share of the revenues are cities and regencies-not provinces. If a work is located in more than two regencies/cities, the production bonus will be divided according to the area size.

Yunus said the policy will lower non-tax revenues from the geothermal sector. This year, the non-tax revenue target is set at just Rp630 billion, below last year’s Rp882 billion.

Abadi Purnomo, chairman of the Indonesian Geothermal Association, agrees with the production bonus concept proposed by the government. Before it is applied, however, he asks the government to increase the sales tariff of geothermal power, because a production bonus scheme will change power plants’ cost structure, especially those that are already in operation.

Link: http://en.tempo.co/read/news/2016/06/21/056781772/Regional-Govts-to-Get-Share-from-Geothermal-Profits

Press Release: Two Energy Technology Projects from Los Alamos Gain DOE Funding

Newswise – LOS ALAMOS, N.M., June 21, 2016- Two Los Alamos National Laboratory projects are among technologies supported in today’s U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announcement of nearly $16 million in funding to help businesses move promising energy technologies from DOE’s National Laboratories to the marketplace.

“Los Alamos research expands the options for energy production while minimizing the impact on the environment. This work supports our mission to strengthen the security of energy for the nation,” said Melissa Fox, director of Applied Energy Programs at Los Alamos. “Combining our expertise in such areas as groundwater restoration and fractured rock characterization with outreach to corporate partners is a positive direction for all involved.”

This first department-wide round of funding through the Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) will support 54 projects at 12 national labs involving 52 private-sector partners. The TCF is administered by DOE’s Office of Technology Transitions (OTT), which works to expand the commercial impact of DOE’s portfolio of research, development, demonstration and deployment activities. All projects selected for the TCF will receive an equal amount of non-federal funds to match the federal investment.

“Deploying new clean-energy technologies is an essential part of our nation’s effort to lead in the 21st century economy and in the fight against climate change,” said Lynn Orr, DOE’s Under Secretary for Science and Energy. “The funds announced today will help to accelerate the commercialization of cutting-edge energy technologies developed in our national labs, making them more widely available to American consumers and businesses.”

“The great work at the national labs and across DOE’s program make the Department one of the largest supporters of technology transfer within the federal government” said Jetta Wong, Director of the Office of Technology Transitions.

“We are very proud that both of these technologies emerged from the Laboratory’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Division (EES),” said Andrew Wolfsberg, deputy EES division leader at Los Alamos, “where our strategic goal of Sustainable Energy Development is clearly leading to innovative concepts at the intersection of energy development and environmental stewardship.”

The winning Los Alamos projects are as follows:

Efficient Groundwater Restoration at Uranium In-Situ Recovery Sites to Enable Domestic Uranium Production for Nuclear Energy, $700,000, with Cameco Resources, Inc. Casper, WY.

The objective of this project is to demonstrate an efficient method of groundwater restoration at uranium in-situ recovery (ISR) sites by combining the use of tracers, groundwater chemistry adjustment and the phased addition of both chemical reductants and biostimulants to synergistically provide effective and longer-lasting restoration.

ISR is an economical and environmentally friendly method of mining uranium in which oxygen and carbon dioxide (or sodium bicarbonate) are injected into an ore zone aquifer to oxidize and solubilize the uranium, and then the uranium-rich water is pumped to the surface to extract the uranium by ion exchange. The proposed restoration technology brings together several relatively mature technologies in an unprecedented way.

This project proposes to integrate the commercial discrete fracture network (DFN) characterization and modeling tool FracMan with the dfnWorks state of the art DFN flow and transport simulator to create an improved end-to-end tool for modeling the performance of fractured rock masses.

It demonstrates the feasibility of improving the commercialization of the DFN approach, combining FracMan’s proven, geologically and geomechanically based, data driven analyses with the next-generation computational power of dfnWorks. Data sources include fracture image logs, geological mapping and interpretation, 2-D, 3-D, and 4-D seismic processing, and hydrodynamic, geomechanical, geochemical, and tracer testing.

Fractured rock issues are important in national priorities, which include environmental protection, resource development, infrastructure development and seismic risk. Extensive geothermal energy resources remain untapped due to inability to locate, predict and sustain engineered fracture flows. CO2 sequestration remains a challenge dependent upon confirming that injected CO2 will remain in the subsurface rather than leak through fractures to the surface. High-level nuclear waste disposal is confronted with the need to quantify long-term radionuclide transport pathways and retention in networks of natural fractures. All these applications involve rock masses where fractures are the primary conduits of flow and transport, but there is significant geomechanical and hydrodynamic interaction with the rock matrix.

About Los Alamos National Laboratory (www.lanl.gov)

Los Alamos National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security, is operated by Los Alamos National Security, LLC, a team composed of Bechtel National, the University of California, BWXT Government Group, and URS, an AECOM company, for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. Los Alamos enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass

Philippines EDC Official Says Geothermal Expansion Outside Mt. Talinis

The Energy Development Corporation has clarified that its proposed 60 MW geothermal expansion project in Valencia, Negros Oriental, is outside Mount Talinis.

“We have no proposed expansion and no current operations in Mount Talinis,” Engr. Vicente Omandam, senior manager for EDC’s Negros Island Geothermal Business Unit, said in a press release.

Despite that, EDC has reforested 1,100 hectares in the Mount Talinis area from 1998-2014 for combined non-Binhi and Binhi projects, with almost 800,000 trees planted, it added.

“We cannot exist without forests because we rely heavily on healthy watersheds to recharge our geothermal reservoir,” Omandam said. “Without them, our steamfields will dry up and will not be able to supply geothermal energy to our power plants.”

EDC complements its operation with programs that protect and preserve the environment, like its Binhi greening legacy and forest protection programs, in collaboration with other stakeholders, like the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, local government units and upland farmers.

For the past 33 years, EDC has been at the forefront of environmental protection programs and has, so far, reforested 3,232 hectares with 3.2 million trees planted in Negros Oriental alone.

“For every tree that is cut, EDC replaces it by planting 100 seedlings. We invest not only in the establishment but also in the maintenance of these trees to ensure their survival,” Omandam stressed.

EDC also said it has not begun any activity for its proposed geothermal expansion project apart from its application for an Environmental Clearance Certificate, which is still pending release.

Presently, EDC is producing 222.5 MW in Negros and has applied for an additional 60 MW of clean, geothermal power to answer the demands of the Negros Island Region’s growing economy. This expansion has gone through public consultations and hearings and was strongly endorsed by the host communities and local government of Valencia, press release said.

Negros Island remains blessed with abundant geothermal source, which to date, is the only form of renewable energy that can provide clean, sustainable base load power or power that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Geothermal relies heavily on healthy watersheds, EDC added.

It strives to maintain lush forests to recharge its geothermal reservoir.

The clarification comes as non-government groups and environmental “activists” are accusing the EDC of alleged cutting of trees which must be stopped. These are the same individuals who have sought the assistance of the DENR-Environment Management Bureau on their complaints and concerns as they push their advocacy campaign to “Save Mt. Talinis”.

They claim that they have photographs and videos that would show that EDC has started its tree-cutting activity in Valencia.

However, in an interview with the Dumaguete media Tuesday afternoon, Omandam denied the allegations, saying that EDC has not yet acquired the ECC from DENR and therefore, it cannot commence with any activity related to its proposed expansion project.

He clarified that the proposed expansion will cover 30 hectares within the “development block” of the EDC’s Southern Negros Geothermal Field in Valencia and not at Mt. Talinis as claimed by the environmental groups.

The proposed expansion project will be distributed in at least six or more sites within the EDC’s existing geothermal fields and power plants, he added.

Also, it will include a piece of property of about 1.5 hectares owned by a private individual who has committed to sell his land to EDC.

EDC invited Dumaguete media practitioners to a site visit in Valencia to see where the areas for development are located.

Before the media briefing and site visit, the DENR-EMB had also conducted a site validation last week in the same areas.

That particular visit drew flak from the environmental groups opposing the EDC’s proposed expansion project, who accused the DENR-EMB of violating an agreement earlier reached during a meeting in Manila.

But DENR officials reiterated that the site validation proceeded without them because the latter had reportedly wanted to hold additional meetings before going to the EDC site in Valencia, which the former said was not part of the conditions agreed upon earlier.

Link: http://visayandailystar.com/2016/June/23/negor3.htm

East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC) Scheduled for Nairobi in September

“There is no one size fits all approach to developing geothermal. It’s an amazing source of base load, renewable energy, but we have to take a realistic approach to how it’s developed,” says Amanda Lonsdale, Institutional and Commercial Development Advisor for the East Africa Geothermal Energy Facility (EAGER).

EAGER was established by the British Department for International Development (DFID) to facilitate the development of geothermal energy for power generation and other uses in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania.

Focus on geothermal

The EAPIC conference and exhibition takes place for the 18th time this year and is expected to gather more than 2000 visitors from more than 30 countries, including from the region’s leading power utilities, large industries and investors as well as dozens of technology and service providers who will showcase their products at the KICC in Nairobi from 21-22 September. During the conference, there will be a strong focus on geothermal, including sessions on geothermal business models for the region, financial de-risking and a look at critical factors for an enabling environment for geothermal development.

“Estimated geothermal potential in the region is more than double the current peak demand, so the potential impact is significant” says Amanda Lonsdale. She adds: “geothermal does have to compete with traditionally less expensive energy sources such as hydro and gas for its position in a country’s base load, so it’s unlikely to become the dominant source for base load power, but it could displace more expensive, less clean sources”.

She continues: “my vision would be to jumpstart geothermal development in the region through a series of smaller projects that can be quickly developed and financed to show early success to governments and developers, increase interest and investment in further development.”

As moderator of the geothermal conference track at EAPIC Amanda Lonsdale’s message will be that: “there is no one size fits all approach to developing geothermal. It’s an amazing source of base load, renewable energy, but we have to take a realistic approach to how it’s developed, taking into account (first and foremost) the resource itself, the regulatory regimes, and technical and financial capabilities of the countries. People need to educate themselves about geothermal, and to listen to experts who have successfully developed projects in the past.”

More EAPIC conference program and speaker highlights include:

Inspirational Leadership Keynotes:

Kwame Parker, Executive and Regional Head Power and Infrastructure East Africa, Stanbic Bank, Kenya

Smart Africa: Leading Technological Transformation – Jesse Moore, CEO, M-Kopa, Kenya

Determined leadership fast tracking a powerful and sustainable East African economic bloc – Libérat Mfumukeko, Secretary General, EAC East African Community, Tanzania

Energy Saving Procurement Contracts – Hellen Odegi, CEO, Skylon Group & Board Member, KEPSA Energy and Security Sectors, Kenya

Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP) Master Plan – Reaping the Benefits of Regional Power Integration

The EAPP Ten-Year Strategic Plan and Road Map – Lebbi Changullah, Secretary General, EAPP, Ethiopia

Regional power integration –  funding power generation and large scale regional projects – Ana Hajduka, CEO, AfricaGreenCo, UK

Country spotlights

Moderator: Ayuli Jemide, Executive Chair, Advisory Board, Project & Transaction Resources (PTRL)

–      Country Investment Focus – Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi

–      Country Investment Focus – Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda

–      Country Investment Focus – Djibouti, South Sudan, Eritrea

Closing session: What does the Future Hold for the East Africa Energy Market?

Chairperson: Albert Butare, Former Minister of State for Energy, Water and Communication in the Republic of Rwanda and CEO of Africa Energy Services Group, Rwanda

–      Eng. Isaac N. Kiva, Director, Renewable Energy, Ministry of Energy & Petroleum, Kenya

–      Victoria Cuming, Head of Policy – Europe, Middle East & Africa, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), UK

Industry support

As in previous years of this long running, flagship event in the region, EAPIC has already secured impressive industry support, including from Lucy Electric, a global secondary distribution leader in the electricity sector, who are this year’s platinum sponsor. “EAPIC presents the perfect opportunity to showcase our products, services and leading expertise to one of our key growth markets’ says Phil Dingle, Lucy Electric’s marketing director. Gold sponsors that have signed up so far for this year’s event are Poweroad Africa and Stanbic Bank.

EAPIC is organised by Spintelligent, leading Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser, and the African office of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the UK. Other flagship events in Spintelligent’s power portfolio on the continent are African Utility Week, the West African Power Industry Convention (WAPIC), iPAD Rwanda Power & Mining Investment Forum and iPAD Cameroon Energy & Infrastructure Forum.

EAPIC dates and location:

Pre-conference Masterclass: 20 September 2016

Conference and exhibition: 21-22 September 2016

Site visits: 23 September 2016

Event location: KICC, Nairobi, Kenya

Link: http://exchange.co.tz/strong-focus-on-geothermal-at-eapic-convention-in-nairobi-in-september/

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