Geothermal Is Good For America, GEA Tells President-elect Trump, DOI, DOE, Congress, White House Updates, and more!

In this post:

Leading Stories, Releases, Solicitations

  • Geothermal Is Good for America, GEA Tells President-elect Trump
  • Two-thirds of Americans give priority to developing alternative energy over fossil fuels
  • Department of Interior Nominee Breaks With Trump, Says Climate Change Is Not a “Hoax”
  • DOE Nominee Confirmation Hearing Goes Forward While Rumors of Major Budget Cuts Loom
  • Congress Tees Up Regulatory Reform
  • White House Posts Energy Policy Statement
  • References to Climate Change Scrubbed From White House Website Within Hours of Trump Taking Office
  • EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt Faces Intense Scrutiny Over His Climate and Environmental Record
  • Renewable Tax Credit Outlook
  • Consortium wins tender on 110 MW Simbolon Samosir geothermal project, North Sumatra
  • S. Geothermal Inc. Provides Year-End Operating Plants Update, Confirms 2016 Guidance and Provides 2017 Guidance
  • AboitizPower project bond deal bags international awards
  • 6th Wave Innovations Corp. and TriLateral Energy Form Geolithic Corp., a Geothermal Minerals Extraction Nanotechnology Joint Venture
  • Global Average Temperature Sets Record High for Third Consecutive Year
  • California issues proposed plan to achieve groundbreaking 2030 climate goals
  • More than 37 Million Plug-in Electric Vehicles Expected to Be in Use in 2025
  • Energy-Related U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emissions Forecast to Rise in 2017 and 2018
  • IRENA/GGA Issue Global Transparency Guide
  • GEA Co-Sponsored Workshop: Mexican Geothermal Opportunities, San Diego – April 4, 2017
  • Announcing Speakers: GEA International Geothermal Forum Washington, DC- March 7, 2017
  • 2017 GEA GeoExpo+ (in conjunction with the GRC Annual Meeting)

US Headlines

International Headlines

 

Leading Stories:

Geothermal Is Good for America, GEA Tells President-elect Trump


Washington, DC (January 18, 2017) – Leading companies in the U.S. geothermal industry have told President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team that “Geothermal is Good for America.”

In a brief paper outlining the state of the geothermal industry and technology, the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA), the industry’s trade group, said “Geothermal delivers a triple bottom line to our energy system: It is an abundant domestic energy source, it brings economic benefits in the form of taxes and long term high-paying jobs, and it has one of the lowest Levelized Costs of Energy (LCOE) of all power sources in the United States.”

“We hope the new Administration will recognize the benefits of geothermal energy,” said Karl Gawell, the Geothermal Energy Association’s Executive Director.   “Their leadership in addressing some of the daunting obstacles facing geothermal development could mean positive change for the industry.”

The industry group paper spells out other benefits of geothermal including support for a reliable, modern power grid.  “Known to be a baseload generation technology, advancements in geothermal production make it possible to provide ancillary and on-demand services, such as load-following or energy imbalance services, spinning reserves, non-spinning reserves, and replacement or supplemental reserves. This helps load serving entities avoid additional costs from purchasing and then balancing intermittent resources with storage or new transmission.”

GEA also points to producing strategic minerals from geothermal resources as another new advantage.  “Exciting opportunities in extracting minerals from geothermal brines could bring the U.S. new sources of lithium, zinc, manganese, potash and rare earth minerals, now dominated by China,” according to GEA.

The industry paper tells the President-elect that they are facing daunting impediments to development. “The US is the world leader in utility-scale geothermal production.  Unfortunately that lead has been slipping as asymmetrical market-subsidies undercut new US geothermal development, federal regulation created duplicative hurdles to development, and investment in new technology development by the US has lagged,” GEA reports.

“There are over 30 Gigawatts of geothermal capacity in the U.S. with 83 active projects (over 1,250 MW) stuck in development limbo,” GEA points out.  To move geothermal forward, the trade group calls for risk reduction in drilling and exploration, certainty and parity in tax incentives, and streamlined permitting on public lands.

A full copy of “Geothermal is Good for America” is available at: www.geo-energy.org

 

Two-thirds of Americans give priority to developing alternative energy over fossil fuels

President Donald Trump is promising major changes on climate and energy policy, including efforts to increase production from fossil fuel energy sources such as coal. But a new Pew Research Center survey finds that 65% of Americans give priority to developing alternative energy sources, compared with 27% who would emphasize expanded production of fossil fuel sources.

Support for concentrating on alternative energy is up slightly since December 2014. At that time, 60% said developing alternative energy sources was the more important priority.

To read more, go to: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/01/23/two-thirds-of-americans-give-priority-to-developing-alternative-energy-over-fossil-fuels/

 

Department of Interior Nominee Breaks With Trump, Says Climate Change Is Not a “Hoax”

Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT), the nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Interior, states he does not find climate change to be a “hoax,” breaking with President Trump. During the January 17 hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Zinke said, “The climate is changing. Man is an influence. I think where there’s debate on it is what that influence is [and] what can we do about it.” Zinke also stated that U.S. Geological Survey has “great scientists,” adding, “I am not a climate scientist expert, but I can tell you I will become a lot more familiar with it and it will be based on objective science.” Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) rebuffed Zinke’s characterization, saying, “That to me is a cop-out – I’m not a doctor but I have to make healthcare decisions.” Environmentalists have widely disapproved of Zinke’s record on climate issues. However, he has received approval from sportsmen and conservationists for opposing a Republican plan that would hand over millions of acres of federal public lands to the states. The plan saw resistance in the western United States over concerns about public lands access. Zinke declared he is “absolutely against [the] transfer or sale of public land.”

Source: EESI, http://www.eesi.org/

 

DOE Nominee Confirmation Hearing Goes Forward While Rumors of Major Budget Cuts Loom

 

DOE Secretary Nominee Richard Perry began his confirmation hearing by apologizing for having once proposed eliminating DOE.  But rumors of a transition team budget being prepared that would propose major cuts to the agency, kept the issue alive at his hearing.  Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) asked Perry about whether he valued the geothermal innovation work being promoted by DOE, he said geothermal was part of his all of the above approach, though noted they might differ on what was adequate.  The Senator also raised the importance of the DOE FORGE program.

According to The Hill, transition team members at the White House were preparing big budget cuts. The changes they propose are dramatic. The departments of Commerce and Energy would see major programs under their jurisdiction either being eliminated or transferred to other agencies. The departments of Transportation, Justice and State would see significant cuts and program eliminations. At the Department of Energy, the draft budget would reportedly eliminate the Office of Electricity and eliminate the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (which includes geothermal research).

Meanwhile at Secretary Perry’s Senate Confirmation Hearing, he promised to defend DOE science programs from severe budget cuts, “I’m going to protect all of the science, whether it’s related to the climate or to the other aspects of what we’re going to be doing,” he testified.  He also praised some of DOE’s r&d efforts and the work of the national laboratories.

http://www.utilitydive.com/news/trump-doe-pick-perry-pledges-to-protect-energy-rd-climate-science/434365/

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/314991-trump-team-prepares-dramatic-cuts

and EESI, http://www.eesi.org/

 

Congress Tees Up Regulatory Reform

In the first weeks of the 115th Congress, seeking to fulfill campaign promises made by both Congressional Leaders and President-Elect Trump, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a set of bills that would significantly alter the process by which regulations are reviewed by Congress and the courts. Two bills are likely to form the basis for any regulatory reform efforts in Congress this session: H.R. 26, the “Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act” and H.R. 5, the “Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017.”

For more information on H.R. 26, go to: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/26

For more information on H.R. 5, go to: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/5

 

White House Posts Energy Policy Statement

The White House posted a statement of its energy policy on their website. 

It begins:

“An America First Energy Plan

“Energy is an essential part of American life and a staple of the world economy. The Trump Administration is committed to energy policies that lower costs for hardworking Americans and maximize the use of American resources, freeing us from dependence on foreign oil.”

Read more at: https://11111011100.whitehouse.gov/america-first-energy

 

References to Climate Change Scrubbed From White House Website Within Hours of Trump Taking Office

Shortly after President Trump took the oath of office, the White House energy and climate change webpage went dark. The page (which now leads to a broken link) was replaced by the Trump administration’s energy platform titled, “An America First Energy Plan.” The plan states the administration will eliminate “harmful and unnecessary policies,” citing President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. The page also states that the Trump administration would pursue “clean coal technology,” “refocus the EPA,” and “[free the country] from dependence on foreign oil.” The new official White House page goes on to claim “revenues from energy production [would rebuild] roads, schools, bridges and public infrastructure.” The page makes no mention of renewable energy, climate change, or energy research.

Source: EESI, http://www.eesi.org/

 

EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt Faces Intense Scrutiny Over His Climate and Environmental Record

On January 18, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) nominee Scott Pruitt faced questioning before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Democratic members pressed Pruitt repeatedly over conflicts of interest with the fossil fuel industry arising during his term as Oklahoma attorney general. Pruitt would not commit to recuse himself from regulatory decisions pertaining to the many active lawsuits he has filed against EPA. When faced with incredulity from committee members, Pruitt responded he would simply follow the advice of the agency’s ethics counsel. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) requested Pruitt’s position on climate change, leading Pruitt to respond that his “personal opinion is immaterial.” After facing criticism from Sanders, Pruitt added, “I believe that the [EPA] administrator has a very important role to perform in regulating CO2.” Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) questioned Pruitt’s dedication to preserving public health, citing the contrast between Pruitt’s rigorous defense of the fossil fuel industry as attorney general, but a lack of action on behalf of children in Oklahoma vulnerable to air pollution.

Source: EESI, http://www.eesi.org/

 

Renewable Tax Credit Outlook

After President Obama was sworn into office, the renewable energy industry saw a boom in temporary tax incentives with the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009. Almost 8 years later, the fate of renewable energy tax incentives under the Trump administration is uncertain.  Trump’s transition team, his advisors, and President-Elect Trump have given mixed signals on their views on tax incentives for renewable energy. While some advisors have indicated that the credits will remain in place, others have called for a full repeal. Trump himself has reportedly called subsidies for renewable energy “a disaster,” while in other instances, he has included wind and solar in his “all-of-the-above” approach to energy production.  He even went as far as to say that he was “okay” with the production tax credit for wind, but that was at a campaign stop in Iowa and thus may or may not provide meaningful information as to the future of renewable energy tax policy.  http://www.natlawreview.com/article/renewable-energy-tax-incentives-potential-clues-to-uncertain-future

During his Confirmation Hearing Treasury Secretary Nominee Steven Mnuchin expressed agreement with Senator Grassley that the multi-year phase out of the wind PTC was a done deal.   Whether other technologies, like geothermal, will become part of the phase out is unknown.

The Congress is expected to take up tax reform as a priority item.  Most anticipate that details of the proposal will be kept secret till the last moment, perhaps surfacing when House Ways and Means Committee Chair Brady releases a “Chairman’s Mark” shortly before votes would begin in Committee. [GEA additions].

 

Consortium wins tender on 110 MW Simbolon Samosir geothermal project, North Sumatra

A consortium of Optima Nusantara Energi and Ormat has passed the first phase of a tender to develop the 110 MW geothermal project at Simbolon Samosir in North Sumatra.

http://www.thinkgeoenergy.com/consortium-wins-tender-on-110-mw-simbolon-samosir-geothermal-project-north-sumatra/

 

U.S. Geothermal Inc. Provides Year-End Operating Plants Update, Confirms 2016 Guidance and Provides 2017 Guidance

BOISE, IDAHO–(Marketwired – Jan 23, 2017) –

Strong Fourth Quarter Returns 2016 Generation to Planned Level

Year End Generation Provided and 2016 Guidance Confirmed

2017 Guidance Reflects Continued Solid Performance from Operating Plants

U.S. Geothermal Inc. (the “Company”) (NYSE MKT:HTM), a leading and profitable renewable energy company focused on the development, production and sale of electricity from geothermal energy, is pleased to confirm its previous guidance for 2016 and provide guidance for the full year 2017. Audited financial statements and Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 are anticipated to be released in mid-March.

“We are very pleased with the exceptionally strong performance from all of our power plants during the fourth quarter and our overall operational execution in 2016, despite some setbacks earlier in the year”, said Dennis Gilles, Chief Executive Officer. “We continue to maintain the focus on our goal to add approximately 135 megawatts by 2021 through the continued development of our existing projects, advancements of our near-term development projects and growth through several acquisition opportunities.”

Read more at: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/u-geothermal-inc-provides-end-140000057.html

 

AboitizPower project bond deal bags international awards

The project bond issued for the Tiwi-MakBan (Makiling-Banahaw) Geothermal Energy Project of AboitizPower bagged the 2016 Bond Deal of the Year of the prestigious Project Finance International magazine of Thomson Reuters.
The awarding ceremony will be held on Feb. 1, 2017 at the Hilton, Park Lane in London.
The project bond has also been touted as one of the best in Asia, getting the Best Renewable Deal of the Year by Alpha Southeast Asia, to be awarded on Jan 25, 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The P12.5-billion local currency, multi-tranche bond issuance, backed by the Asian Development Bank, was the first green bond issuance in Asia and the Pacific.
AboitizPower through its subsidiary AP Renewables, Inc. (APRI), used the issuance to finance the rehabilitation of the Tiwi-MakBan geothermal power facilities, which it bought from the government in 2009 and to partially fund its operating expenditures and future capital investments.
The two power plants, located in Batangas and Laguna (MakBan) as well as in Tiwi, Albay combine for 390 MW of clean renewable power for the Luzon grid.
“This award proves we are on the right path, both in our efforts to find power generation technologies that support global commitments to address climate change and in our intention to find innovative and viable financing options to support our plans,” AboitizPower President and Chief Operating Officer Antonio R. Moraza said.
“It has always been our goal to provide ample, reliable and reasonably priced power through a balanced mix of generation assets so we can support the energy needs of the Philippines,” Moraza added.
The climate bond for Tiwi-MakBan was certified by the Climate Bonds Initiative and is considered the first in Asia and the Pacific.
AboitizPower has one of the widest portfolios of energy sources in the country. Thirty-nine percent of its 3,350 MW sellable capacity comes from its renewable power plants – geothermal, large hydro, run-of-river hydro and solar power plants.
The company also operates a number of coal power plants for baseload capacity and oil-fired power plants for reliable peaking supply.

http://aboitiz.com/site/press-releases/view/aboitizpower-project-bond-deal-bags-international-awards

 

6th Wave Innovations Corp. and TriLateral Energy Form Geolithic Corp., a Geothermal Minerals Extraction Nanotechnology Joint Venture

PR Newswire January 25, 2017

BOCA RATON, Fla. and SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — 6th Wave Innovations Corp. (a nanotechnology company that develops proprietary molecularly imprinted polymers for minerals extraction in mining applications) has teamed up with TriLateral Energy, LLC, (an independent energy developer with extensive geothermal operations and construction experience) to form Geolithic Corp., a joint venture for the extraction of lithium and other minerals from geothermal brine.

6th Wave has already commenced laboratory testing of the proprietary lithium extraction technology, which could significantly reduce the cost of producing lithium and other minerals compared to traditional mining and other mineral extraction techniques. Such minerals are naturally present in the brine utilized by many existing geothermal power plants in the U.S. and worldwide.

Geolithic Corp. plans to construct a pilot project extraction plant at one or more U.S. geothermal energy facilities, with a design that will seamlessly integrate with the facility’s existing brine handling facilities to extract the lithium and other minerals prior to reinjection of the brine into the geothermal reservoir.

Under the Joint Venture agreement, 6th Wave will retain all rights to its proprietary molecularly imprinted polymer nanotechnology but will provide an exclusive license to Geolithic Corp. for geothermal minerals extraction.

Dr. Jonathan Gluckman, CEO of 6th Wave said, “We are pleased at the opportunity to work closely with Trilateral Energy, which has decades of geothermal power plant construction and operations experience and extensive contacts in the industry. I am confident this joint venture will establish proof of concept with a pilot lithium extraction plant in the United States.”

Don O’Shei, CEO of TriLateral Energy, stated, “I was an early investor in 6th Wave and believe that the application of this groundbreaking  extraction technology to geothermal brine has the potential to significantly lower lithium and other  mineral production costs. TriLateral will manage the commercial aspects of the joint venture and 6th Wave will manage the technical aspects as we move forward to combine our skill sets to construct the first pilot plant at an existing geothermal facility.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact Dr. Jonathan Gluckman at jgluckman@6wic.com, or Donald O’Shei at doshei@trilateralpacific.com.

For more information about 6th Wave Innovations Corp., visit http://www.6wic.com and for more information about TriLateral Energy, LLC, visit http://www.trilateralpacific.com.

To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/6th-wave-innovations-corp-and-trilateral-energy-form-geolithic-corp-a-geothermal-minerals-extraction-nanotechnology-joint-venture-300396530.html

 

Global Average Temperature Sets Record High for Third Consecutive Year

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) annual report confirms that 2016 was the warmest year on record for the planet. Global land and water surface temperatures were both well above their historical averages, marking the third consecutive year where global average temperatures increased. This global temperature record has been surpassed five times since the year 2000, in 2005, 2010, 2014, 2015, and 2016. Globally-averaged land surface temperatures were 2.57 degrees Fahrenheit (1.43 degrees Celsius) above the 20th century average, breaking the previous record high set in 2015. No land areas in any part of the world were found to be cooler than average in 2016. Globally-averaged sea surface temperatures were 1.35 degrees Fahrenheit (0.75 degrees Celsius) above the 20thcentury average, ranking as the highest ever since records began in 1880. In addition, annual snow cover extent for the Northern Hemisphere was 100,000 square miles less than the average spanning 1981-2010.

Source: EESI, http://www.eesi.org/

 

California issues proposed plan to achieve groundbreaking 2030 climate goals

Plan builds on existing programs, continues cap-and-trade, and introduces approach to cut GHG emissions at refineries

SACRAMENTO – California’s groundbreaking effort to fight climate change took another big step forward today as the California Air Resources Board released the proposed plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 – the most ambitious target in North America. The plan builds on the state’s successful efforts to reduce emissions and outlines the most effective ways to reach the 2030 goal, including continuing California’s Cap-and-Trade Program.  

Achieving the 2030 target under the proposed plan will continue to build on investments in clean energy and set the California economy on a trajectory to achieving an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. This is consistent with the scientific consensus of the scale of emission reductions needed to stabilize atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations at 450 parts per million carbon dioxide equivalent, and reduce the likelihood of catastrophic climate change. 

“Climate change is impacting California now, and we need to continue to take bold and effective action to address it head on to protect and improve the quality of life in California,” said CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols. “The plan will help us meet both our climate and our clean air goals in the coming decades and provide billions of dollars in investments to cut greenhouse gases, smog and toxic pollution in disadvantaged communities throughout the state. It is also designed to continue to drive creative innovation, generating good new jobs in the growing clean technology sector.”For the past decade, California has been reducing emissions through a series of actions, innovative solutions and advances in technology. These include cleaner, more fuel-efficient cars and zero emission vehicles, low-carbon fuels, renewable energy, waste diversion from landfills, water conservation, improvements to energy efficiency in homes and businesses, and a Cap-and-Trade Program. The result is improved public health, a growing economy with more green jobs, and better clean energy choices for Californians.

Assembly Bill 32, signed in 2006, set California’s initial goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and directed CARB to develop a climate change scoping plan – to be updated every five years – detailing specific measures needed to reach the target. Today’s proposed plan, required by the Governor’s April 2015 Executive Order, updates the previous scoping plan to account for the new 2030 target codified in Senate Bill 32.

The proposed plan continues the Cap-and-Trade Program through 2030 and includes a new approach to reduce greenhouse gases from refineries by 20 percent. It incorporates approaches to cutting super pollutants from the Short Lived Climate Pollutants Strategy. And it acknowledges the need for reducing emissions in agriculture and highlights the work underway to ensure that California’s natural and working lands increasingly sequester carbon.

Achieving the 2030 goal will require contributions from all sectors of the economy and will include enhanced focus on zero- and near-zero emission vehicle technologies; continued investment in renewable energy, including solar and wind; greater use of low-carbon fuels; integrated land conservation and development strategies; coordinated efforts to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants, which include methane, black carbon and fluorinated gases; and an increased focus on integrated land-use planning to support livable, transit-connected communities. 

The proposed plan, which follows the release of a discussion draft in December, analyzes the potential economic impacts of different policy scenarios, including a carbon tax, and calculates the benefit to society of taking actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The plan also includes the estimated range of greenhouse gas, criteria pollutant and toxic pollutant emissions reductions of each measure.

The analysis in the plan finds that Cap-and-Trade is the lowest cost, most efficient policy approach and provides certainty that the state will meet the 2030 goals even if other measures fall short. The Cap-and-Trade Program funds the California Climate Investments program, which provides funds for community, local, regional and statewide projects aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions – with at least 35 percent of proceeds invested in disadvantaged and low-income communities.  To date, a total of $3.4 billion in cap-and-trade funds have been appropriated for the California Climate Investments program. 

The proposed plan was developed by CARB staff over the past 18 months working with multiple State agencies and departments. This effort was guided by legislation and reflects input from dozens of public workshops and community meetings, and input from CARB’s Environmental Justice Advisory Committee and many other stakeholders.

The first of three public hearings on the proposed plan will be held at the regularly scheduled Board meeting on January 27. The California Air Resources Board is slated to hold workshops in February and hear an update at the February 16 Board meeting.

The Final 2017 Scoping Plan Update will be released in late March and be considered for approval by the Board in late April.

The full text of “The 2017 Scoping Plan Update: The Proposed Plan for Achieving California’s 2030 Greenhouse Gas Target” is available at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/scopingplan/scopingplan.htm

Stakeholders and the public are encouraged to submit comments by 5:00 PM PST on March 6, 2017.

https://www.arb.ca.gov/lispub/comm/bclist.php

https://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/newsrelease.php?id=891

http://www.wsj.com/articles/california-aims-for-40-reduction-in-greenhouse-gases-by-2030-1484966197

 

More than 37 Million Plug-in Electric Vehicles Expected to Be in Use in 2025

According to a new report,” Market Data: Electric Vehicle Market Forecasts”, by 2025, more than 68 million light duty hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid EVs (PHEVs), and battery EVs (BEVs) are expected to be in use globally, with over half being plug-in vehicles. The market for light duty vehicles (LDV) is poised for change due to advances in battery energy density and cost, as well as coming innovations in connected and autonomous vehicle systems. Around 2025, fundamental technology and industry trends are expected to enable BEVs to be cost competitive against conventional vehicles without subsides, underlining the likelihood that LDVs will eventually be electric rather than any other alternative. According to the report, long-range BEVs appear positioned for success as prices become competitive with economy brands after subsidies.
http://www.navigantresearch.com/newsroom/more-than-37-million-plug-in-electric-vehicles-are-expected-to-be-in-use-in-2025
Energy-Related U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emissions Forecast to Rise in 2017 and 2018

In its latest “Short-Term Energy Outlook,”the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that energy-related emissions of carbon dioxide decreased by 1.6% in 2016. However, emissions are forecast to increase by 1.6% in 2017 and by 0.8% in 2018. Specifically, while CO2 emissions from natural gas are projected to remain at the same level in 2016 and 2017 (1486 million metric tons (MMT)), they will rise to 1515 MMT in 2018. Those from oil use will rise steadily from 2313 MMT in 2016 to 2321 in 2017 and to 2349 in 2018.  Most significantly, coal will jump from 1362 MMT in 2016 to 1437 MMT and 1420 MMT respectively in 2017 and 2018. These forecasts are sensitive to assumptions about weather, economic growth, and fuel prices.

http://www.eia.gov/outlooks/steo/report/renew_co2.cfm

 

IRENA/GGA Issue Global Transparency Guide

IRENA and the Global Geothermal Alliance have published a Geothermal Transparency  Guide.  It is a handbook which is intended to provide an insight into the legal frameworks governing exploration, exploitation and production of electricity from geothermal resources, in countries where geothermal capacity is being harnessed or is available for harnessing.

You can download a copy at: https://issuu.com/bba3/docs/geothermal-transparency-guide_web/2

 

GEA Co-Sponsored Workshop: Mexican Geothermal Opportunities
April 4, 2017 (San Diego, CA)

The US Department of Energy will host a Mexican Geothermal Opportunities Workshop at the Institute of the Americas in La Jolla, California. Organized in partnership with the Geothermal Energy Association, US Department of Commerce, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Institute of the Americas, the Workshop will convene representatives from the U.S. and Mexican governments with geothermal companies to better understand investment needs, barriers, and opportunities to help Mexico reach its ambitious goals for geothermal energy deployment. The workshop will focus on the outlook for the geothermal market in Mexico and recent changes in the regulatory and policy environment which have created an improved framework for US investment. All US companies interested in the geothermal sector are welcome to participate.
Event website: http://bit.ly/2itxcR4

Registration: http://bit.ly/2ipl1Bj

Contact: Andrew.Graves@ee.doe.gov

Cost: $100

 

GEA International Geothermal Forum- Space Limited!
March 7, 2017 (Washington, DC)

In light of the latest developments, The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA)’s International Geothermal Forum is a recent spinoff from the traditional US & International Showcase. For one day, the Forum will gather roughly fifty (50) top energy, finance, policy, government, ministry, and engineering experts to provide in-depth discussion and insight into the future of the geothermal market in the US and abroad.

Topics to Discuss Include: Addressing GHG emissions in geothermal power plants; GDF LAC updates; Geothermal Developments in the US and Around the Globe (Regional Focus); IRENA and GGA; Geothermal Risk Mitigation in Mexico; Co-production from Oil and Gas Wells …And More!

Confirmed Speakers To-Date:
Ann Robertson-Tait
, Business Development Manager & Senior Geologist, GeothermEx
Mike Long, Senior Project Manager, POWER Engineers, Inc.
Josh Nordquist, Director of Business Development, Ormat Technologies, Inc.
Tim Williamson, Deputy Director- Alternative and Renewable Energy, US Department of State
Thrainn Fridriksson, Geothermal Energy Specialist, World Bank- ESMAP
Warren Dewhurst, Managing Member, Dewhurst Group LLC and GDF Fund Manager
Will Gosnold, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering
Maria Richards, SMU Geothermal Lab Coordinator, Roy M. Huffington Dept. Of Earth Sciences
Marc Murnaghan, CEO, Polaris Infrastructure
Magnus Gehringer, CEO, Consent Energy LLC
Enrique Nieto, Financial Markets Lead Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank
Karl Gawell, Executive Director, Geothermal Energy Association (GEA)
Andrew Palmateer, Program Director, United States Energy Association- East Africa Geothermal Partnership (USEA-EAGP)
Cora Dickson, Senior International Trade Specialist, US Department of Commerce
Jeffrey Humber, Senior Energy Advisor, USAID Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs (OAPA)
TBA, US Department of Energy- Geothermal Technologies Office
Event website: http://geo-energy.org/GEA_Intl_forum.aspx

Registration: https://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=1872&EID=23494

Contact: Rani@geo-energy.org, +1 (202) 454-5261

Cost: $25 for GEA Members/ $75 for Non-Members (pre-registration required; space is LIMITED)

 

 

2017 GEA GeoExpo+ (in conjunction with the GRC Annual Meeting)
October 1-4 (Salt Lake City, UT)

The 2017 GEA GeoExpo+ is shaping up to be another major international geothermal industry and community event.  Over 40 exhibitors have signed up to exhibit at this year’s 2017 GEA GeoExpo+ in just three weeks of opening up registration. Spots are first come first served so snag your top pick today!

Steps for Booth Space Registration
1). Review Contract http://geothermalexpo.org/index.php/2017contract/
2). Email rani@geo-energy.org with top 3 booth choices (floor plan with available spots can be found at: http://geothermalexpo.org/index.php/floor-plan/).
3). Receive a confirmation and invoice within 24hr of booth space

Event Contact:
Rani@geo-energy.org
+1 (202) 454-5261

 

US Headlines

Four West Coast Cities Unite to Seek ‘Record Breaking’ Electric Fleet
http://www.eenews.net/stories/1060048109

US firm hopes to be first utilizing CO2 as working fluid for geothermal power generation

http://www.startribune.com/innovation-terracoh-believes-it-can-tap-the-potential-of-geothermal-energy/409931455/

U.S. reports decrease in employment in the geothermal power sector 2015-2016

http://www.thinkgeoenergy.com/u-s-reports-decrease-in-employment-in-the-geothermal-power-sector-2015-2016/

https://energy.gov/downloads/2017-us-energy-and-employment-report

The immediate threat to California’s climate-change fight isn’t Trump, it’s this [California Chamber of Commerce Lawsuit]

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-california-climate-lawsuit-20170122-story.html

Valles Caldera could join ‘elite club’ of geothermal national parks

http://www.lamonitor.com/content/valles-caldera-could-join-%E2%80%98elite-club%E2%80%99-geothermal-national-parks

The Economic Benefits of a Typical 30-MW Geothermal Plant During Its 30-Year Lifecycle
http://www.thinkgeoenergy.com/economic-benefits-of-a-typical-30-mw-geothermal-plant-in-the-u-s
and
http://www.geo-energy.org/reports/2017/GEOTHERMAL%20IS%20GOOD%20FOR%20AMERICA.pdf

California Utilities Want $1 Billion to Promote Electric Cars
https://about.bnef.com/blog/california-utilities-want-1-billion-to-promote-electric-cars

Australian firm plans nation’s largest geothermal plant in Imperial Valley

www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-geothermal-salton-sea-20170114-story.html

Geothermal providing system flexibility for America’s Energy System and Economy

http://www.thinkgeoenergy.com/geothermal-providing-system-flexibility-for-americas-energy-system-and-economy/

and
http://www.geo-energy.org/reports/2017/GEOTHERMAL%20IS%20GOOD%20FOR%20AMERICA.pdf

Reducing risk, easier permitting and tax parity – crucial for geothermal in U.S.

http://www.thinkgeoenergy.com/reducing-risk-easier-permitting-and-tax-parity-crucial-for-geothermal-in-u-s/

and
http://www.geo-energy.org/reports/2017/GEOTHERMAL%20IS%20GOOD%20FOR%20AMERICA.pdf

Golden Haven Spa [California] looks to purchase geothermal heat exchanger and reinjection well

http://napavalleyregister.com/calistogan/news/local/golden-haven-spa-looks-to-purchase-geothermal-heat-exchanger-and/article_e8f75d3c-f47a-552e-8b78-86db1e500394.html

Why Would A Geothermal Company Buy A Demand Response and Storage Company?

http://www.thinkgeoenergy.com/ormat-and-why-a-geothermal-company-enters-demand-response-and-storage-market/

 

International Headlines

Pertamina to become Ciremai Block Operator

https://en.tempo.co/read/news/2017/01/11/056834719/Pertamina-to-become-Ciremai-Block-Operator

Geothermal cooling, cycle paths and jobs: what does it take to get six green stars?

https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2017/jan/16/geothermal-cooling-cycle-paths-and-jobs-what-does-it-take-to-get-six-green-stars

Investors ask for further incentives for geothermal development in Turkey

http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/jeotermal-yatirimcisi-ilave-tesvik-bekliyor-40335942

Poland to invest up to $120m in geothermal in efforts to clean up air

https://www.nfosigw.gov.pl/o-nfosigw/aktualnosci/art,939,nfosigw-wydaje-miliardy-na-walke-ze-smogiem.html

Now, oil-rich Saudi Arabia eyes geothermal energy too

http://gulfnews.com/business/renewables/now-oil-rich-saudi-arabia-eyes-geothermal-energy-too-1.1963641

ADB backing clean energy investments in Shaanxi, China with potential benefits to geothermal

http://www.thinkgeoenergy.com/adb-backing-clean-energy-investments-in-shaanxi-china-with-potential-benefits-to-geothermal/

https://www.adb.org/news/adb-backing-finance-platform-clean-energy-investments-shaanxi

New guide providing extensive overview on geothermal legislation worldwide

http://www.thinkgeoenergy.com/new-guide-providing-extensive-overview-on-geothermal-legislation-worldwide/

Deep Geothermal ETIP invites expressions of interest on Steering Committee membership

http://www.geoelec.eu/etip-dg/

Expert highlights BD’s potential in geothermal energy [Bangladesh]

http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2017/01/18/59554/Expert-highlights-BD%E2%80%99s-potential-in-geothermal-energy

Iceland is drilling the world’s deepest geothermal well

http://www.digitaljournal.com/tech-and-science/technology/iceland-is-drilling-the-world-s-hottest-geothermal-well/article/484178#ixzz4Wb66tsuw

Utilizing geothermal resources to the fullest potential – the Geothermal Resource Park, Iceland

http://www.thinkgeoenergy.com/utilising-geothermal-resources-to-the-fullest-potential-the-geothermal-resource-park-iceland/

International funding could help Bangladesh to explore geothermal potential

http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2017/01/18/59554/Expert-highlights-BD’s-potential-in-geothermal-energy

http://www.thinkgeoenergy.com/international-funding-could-help-bangladesh-to-explore-geothermal-potential/

Bordeaux, France, Plans $46M Geothermal Heating Facility

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2017/01/bordeaux-france-plans-46m-geothermal-heating-facility.html

Hungarian geothermal heat and power plant expected to start operation in May 2017

http://www.thinkgeoenergy.com/hungarian-geothermal-heat-and-power-plant-expected-to-start-operation-in-may-2017/

 

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