Senator Heller’s New Position at Senate Finance Energy Subcommittee Chair, GEA Submits Testimony to CPUC (Diablo Canyon Power Plant), EIA Issues Unusually Short “Short-Term Energy Outlook” for Electricity from Renewables, Intl Updates and MORE!

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GEA International Geothermal Forum
GEA Co-Organized Mexico Geothermal Opportunities Workshop (in conjunction with DOE, ITA, NREL and Institute of the Americas)
 
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Senator Heller’s Focus on Infrastructure Leads to Senate Finance Energy Subcommittee Chairmanship
GEA Submits Testimony to CPUC on PG&E Proposal for Retirement of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant
Representative Reichert Joins Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, Bringing Membership to 24
EIA Issues Unusually Short “Short-Term Energy Outlook” for Electricity from Renewables
RELEASE: BITZER Acquires ElectraTherm
Trump’s EPA Transition Head Says U.S. Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement Likely
Release: BBA publishes the Geothermal Transparency Guide
Senate Energy Committee Approves Nominees for Energy, Interior Secretary — Full Senate vote possible next week
TENDER NOTICE: Provision of Pre-feasibility study for Establishment of Industrial park near the Menengai Geothermal Fields.
GDDF Latin America EOI Deadline Reminder
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Upcoming Events:
GEA International Geothermal Forum (Register Today! Only 24 Seats Remain)
 
7 March 2017 | 10AM-4 PM | USEA EAGP- Ronald Reagan and International Trade Center 
For one day, the International Geothermal Forum will gather roughly sixty (60) 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!
Cost:
$25 GEA Member
$75 Non-Member
(pre-registration required due to limited seating)
Occupancy is capped at 70 participants. Only 24 seats remain. No on-site registration will take place. Registration is now open at: https://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=1872&EID=23494.
More info is available at: http://geo-energy.org/GEA_Intl_forum.aspx.
Questions? Contact Rani@geo-energy.org, +1 (202) 454-5261
 

Mexico Geothermal Opportunities Workshop
Organizers: GEA, DOE, ITA, NREL, Institute of the Americas 

 
4 April 2017 | Institute of the Americas in La Jolla, California
Sponsor the cocktail reception ($2,500, exclusive) at the Mexican Geothermal Opportunities Workshop and play a strategic role in advancing and shaping the policy and investment framework for the emerging geothermal sector in Mexico. Supporting the workshop and its delivery through this unique sponsorship opportunity will afford your company access to key decision makers, developers and investors in Mexico, as well as a range of US government officials. Sponsorship benefits include speaking and/or moderating opportunities, complimentary registrations for company representatives and social media promotion on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. The Institute of the Americas team will work with your company to deliver a sponsorship package that meets your needs, and to ensure maximum visibility in the lead up to the workshop and during the event.
Cost to Attend: $100
Contact for Sponsorship Opportunity:
Jeremy Martin
VP Energy & Sustainability
Institute of the Americas
+1 (858) 964 1715
Leading Stories:
 
Senator Heller’s Focus on Infrastructure Leads to Senate Finance Energy Subcommittee Chairmanship
 
(Washington, DC) – United States Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) issued the following statement after recently being named the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance’s Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure:
“Serving on the Senate Finance Committee affords me the opportunity to address issues and concerns critical to our nation’s economy and our environment. As the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure, I will utilize this important role to advocate on behalf of Nevada and advance policies that promote infrastructure, like Interstate 11, bolster domestic energy and mineral development, and facilitate innovation in the high-tech job sector. Nevada’s continued growth must be matched with an infrastructure system capable to support it. I look forward to working with my colleagues and this Administration in this new position,” said United States Senator Dean Heller.
Senator Heller will also serve on the Senate Finance Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness as well as the Subcommittee on Health Care.
GEA Submits Testimony to CPUC on PG&E Proposal for Retirement of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant
 
GEA is a party in the proceeding to retire and replace the energy from California’s Diablo Canyon Nuclear Generating Station.  On January 27, GEA filed opening testimony in the case before the California Public Utilities Commission.  We argue that key objectives of the retirement proposal–a retirement and replacement energy procurement plan put forward by Pacific Gas & Electric and other parties, including Natural Resources Defense Council, Friends of the Earth, Environment California, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245, and others–can be met with geothermal energy as an integral part of the replacement resources mix.  We argue including geothermal will help achieve the proposal’s goals earlier, at a lower cost, and with a high certainty for grid reliability. Additionally, our evidence showed that including meaningful amounts of geothermal in the replacement portfolio would provide more GHG reductions and the lowest cost per million tons of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) reduced compared to portfolios that do not have geothermal energy in the portfolio of replacement power. GEA’s testimony also provides recommendations to enhance the certainty of meeting the goals and the outcomes of the Joint Parties proposal, including, but not limited to, basing procurement decisions on the cost of tons of carbon reduced to the electric system by the replacement energy.  The Diablo Canyon retirement case is expected to continue throughout 2017, with a tentative timetable for decision in December.
“This case enables the geothermal industry to have a discussion with stakeholders and decision-makers on key issues facing our industry.  We will testify with evidence that geothermal enhances grid reliability, and has lower costs and GHG emissions than an intermittent renewables-only portfolio”, said Rhonda Mills, GEA’s Western Issues Representative.
Representative Reichert Joins Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, Bringing Membership to 24
Feb 9, 2017 Issues: Economy and Jobs, Energy and Environment
Washington, DC –  This week, the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus welcomed Reps. Dave Reichert (R-WA), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Don Bacon (R-NE), and Charlie Crist (D-FL) to the Caucus, bringing the total membership to 24 split evenly between Democrats and Republicans.
The mission of the Climate Solutions Caucus is to educate members on economically-viable options to reduce climate risk and to explore bipartisan policy options that address the impacts, causes, and challenges of our changing climate.
“Climate change is a serious issue that could prove to be devastating not only to our environment but also to our economy,” said Rep. Reichert. “This potential threat requires us, as a nation, to reimagine not only how we use energy, but also how we protect our environment and create jobs. This is not a partisan issue. We all have a responsibility to protect our environment, to maintain clean water and clean air, and to ensure future generations can enjoy the beauty of our natural heritage.”
“Climate change is a critical threat to our way of life in Oregon and to the health of our planet,” said Rep. Blumenauer. “I’m committed to working with my colleagues to find solutions to this problem. My home state is leading the way in responding to this challenge, and I’m eager to bring our ideas to the Climate Solutions Caucus.”
“I am proud to be joining the Climate Solutions Caucus to further expand my knowledge on the potential impacts of climate change and find bi-partisan solutions,” said Rep. Bacon. “This was a promise I made to constituents of my district and I keep my promises. As a commander of airbases in both Nebraska and Germany, I managed several important environmental programs to include resettlement of bird populations to reduce hazards to aircraft; incorporation of cleaner fuel technologies to minimize aircraft impacts on the environment; and proper disposal of hazardous chemicals used with our aircraft.”
“In Pinellas County, there is no denying climate change is happening. As a peninsula on the peninsula of Florida, we are threatened more and more each year by rising sea levels,” said  Rep. Crist. “I am proud to join the Climate Solutions Caucus, highlighting Congress’ growing bipartisan commitment to tackling this urgent challenge. Together, we can and must protect our environment and economy from climate change.”
Below is the full membership list of the Climate Solutions Caucus in the 115th Congress as of February 9, 2017:
Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL)
Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL)
Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA)
Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA)
Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA)
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
Rep. John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA)
Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV)
Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT)
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY)
Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA)
Rep. Mia Love (R-UT)
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR)
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY)
Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT)
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA)
Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA)
Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL)
Rep. David Reichert (R-WA)
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE)
Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL)
EIA Issues Unusually Short “Short-Term Energy Outlook” for Electricity from Renewables:
U.S. Energy Information Administration, February 7, 2017
EIA has released its latest “Short-Term Energy Outlook” for electricity expected to be generated by renewables in 2017 and 2018. Inexplicably, this month’s report consists of just two sentences compared to the usual several paragraphs. EIA notes that wind energy capacity at the end of 2016 was 81 gigawatts. The agency also expects capacity additions in the next two years will bring total wind capacity to 94 GW by the end of 2018. In an accompanying chart, EIA also notes that renewable sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) in the electric sector accounted for 7.889 quadrillion Btus and were expected to rise to 8.220 quads in 2017 and then to 8.607 quads in 2018.
RELEASE: BITZER Acquires ElectraTherm
 
Enters Waste Heat to Power Market via BITZER US Subsidiary
Reno (Nevada), January 30, 2017. BITZER, the world’s largest independent manufacturer of refrigeration compressors, announces the acquisition of ElectraTherm, a leader in distributed, waste heat to power generation.
ElectraTherm’s Power+ Generator™ utilizes waste heat on applications such as internal combustion engines, biomass boilers, flare gas (at oil and gas wells, wastewater treatment plants and landfills), geothermal/co-produced fluids, and more. ElectraTherm’s Power+ fleet exceeds 50 machines in operation in 12 countries and has surpassed 75 years of runtime.
ElectraTherm’s Power+ Generator uses Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) technology to capture waste heat and convert it to clean electricity. Hot water is the only fuel consumed by the Power+. The waste heat is used to produce a high pressure vapor that expands through ElectraTherm’s twin screw power block, spinning an electric generator to produce fuel-free, emission-free power to be consumed on site or exported to the grid. After turning the expander, the vapor is condensed back into liquid through a liquid loop radiator. The Power+ produces power from an unutilized resource, increases site efficiency and can also reduce site cooling loads.
“Developing energy-efficient solutions is one of our main goals – and the waste heat to power market offers tremendous potential”, says Peter Narreau, President of BITZER North America. “ElectraTherm’s ORC technology enables us to make better use of the abundant, and untapped resource of waste heat. This builds on BITZER’s commitment of responsible climate protection. There are clear synergies in our markets and technologies, and we are eager to combine our efforts to further grow our respective markets.”
“With BITZER’s expertise in refrigeration and compressor technology, ElectraTherm is a natural fit,” says John Fox, ElectraTherm’s Managing Director. “We see a powerful opportunity to grow our position as the leader in waste heat to power with our best-in-class product and team by leveraging BITZER’s excellent reputation and global presence.”
ElectraTherm was established in 2005 and leads the industry in low temperature distributed waste heat recovery. A list of reference sites is currently available on the website.
The BITZER Group is the world’s largest independent manufacturer of refrigeration compressors. With its distributors and manufacturing sites for reciprocating, screw and scroll compressors as well as pressure vessels, BITZER is represented all over the globe. In 2015, 3,400 employees generated sales of €686 million. BITZER US, Inc. is a member of the BITZER Group of 45 companies since 1989. It is located in Flowery Branch, Georgia. More information: www.bitzerus.com
ElectraTherm focuses on waste heat to power and is headquartered in the USA. The company generates fuel-free, emission-free power from low temperature waste heat using the Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) and patented technology. More information: www.electratherm.com
Trump’s EPA Transition Head Says U.S. Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement Likely
 
Myron Ebell, who led President Trump’s EPA transition process, said that he expects Trump to fulfill his campaign promise to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement. While speaking at a climate skeptic conference in London, Ebell asserted that President Trump believes climate change is “not a crisis and does not require drastic and immediate reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.” This statement comes after Trump had slightly moderated his public position on climate science, as he said he now believes there is “some connectivity” between human activity and a changing climate. Despite this statement, many of Trump’s cabinet choices are climate skeptics. However, newly appointed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has acknowledged that “it’s important that the U.S. maintains its seat at the table about how to address the threat of climate change, which does require a global response.” When asked about Tillerson’s statement, Ebell responded, “If Rex Tillerson disagrees with the president, who’s going to win that debate? The president was elected and Rex Tillerson wasn’t.”
Release: BBA publishes the Geothermal Transparency Guide
 
The Icelandic law firm BBA has published a handbook called the Geothermal Transparency Guide. The publication is intended to provide an overview of the legal and regulatory framework governing exploration, exploitation and production of electricity from geothermal resources. Featured in the handbook are 16 countries where geothermal resources are being harnessed or are available for harnessing.
BBA partnered up with the following law firms for the purposes of describing the legal framework in each country: DLA Piper (Canada), Carey (Chile), Teshome Gabre-Mariam Bokan law office (Ethiopia), Allen & Overy (France), CMS Hasche Sigle (Germany), Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandung, in association with Herbert Smith Freehills (Indonesia), Bonelli Erede (Italy), Latham & Watkins (Japan), Anjarwalla & Khanna (Kenya), Hogan Lovells (Mexico), Russel McVeagh (New Zealand), SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (Philippines), Bezen and Partners (Turkey), Van Ness Feldman (USA) and Baker & McKenzie (Vietnam).
The aim of the publication is to provide a useful insight into certain aspects of the applicable rules governing geothermal energy in these countries. Such insight can be of importance for the purposes of increasing transparency and awareness of some of the rights and obligations governing applications for licenses to explore, exploit or produce electricity from geothermal resources.
“We are of the opinion that the geothermal industry needs increased transparency and possibly certain standardization as concerns the regulatory framework for exploration, exploitation and production. The fact is that one of the main hindrances for progress in the sector and increase of installed capacity has proven to be the opacity of the regulatory framework resulting in the reluctance of both public and private parties to move forward with projects. We envisage that certain industry standards or guidelines could facilitate a movement in this regard. The Geothermal Transparency Guide is a necessary first step to be taken towards such goal,” says Baldvin Bjorn Haraldsson, Partner at BBA”
The Geothermal Transparency Guide was prepared during the course of the year 2016 and reflects the regulatory framework at the time. The handbook is free of charge and available on BBA´s website www.bba.is as well as in hard copy upon request. Any requests for further information on the publication can be directed to Harpa Petursdottir, editor of the publication, by email at harpa@bba.is.
Senate Energy Committee Approves Nominees for Energy, Interior Secretary
Full Senate vote possible next week
 
Also Ratifies Subcommittee Rosters for the 115th Congress
Release: WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources today held a business meeting to approve President Trump’s nominees to be Secretary of the Interior, Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.), and Secretary of Energy, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Rep. Zinke was reported favorably by a vote of 16 – 6, and Gov. Perry was reported favorably by a vote of 16 – 7. Chairman Murkowski supported both nominations, which now head to the Senate floor for confirmation.
“I look forward to partnering with Congressman Zinke and Gov. Perry, who will lead departments that contribute significantly to our nation’s economic prosperity and national security,” Murkowski said. “I am eager to work with Congressman Zinke to restore balance and trust to the management of our public lands, and with Gov. Perry to address high energy costs in rural Alaska, among other challenges. Given the bipartisan support that both nominees received today, I am hopeful that their nominations will be taken up and confirmed quickly by the full Senate.”
Informed sources in the Senate indicate that votes on the Zinke and Perry nominations could occur next week.
TENDER NOTICE: Provision of Pre-feasibility study for Establishment of Industrial park near the Menengai Geothermal Fields.
Type: Tender ( RFP ) Closing On: Fri, Feb 24, 2017 14:00
Ref No : GDC/RFP/DU/037/2016-2017 Category : Professional Services , Research and Study
By : GEOTHERMAL DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LIMITED (GDC) Eligibility :
GEOTHERMAL DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LIMITED (GDC)
TENDER NOTICE
The Geothermal Development Company Limited (GDC) invites sealed tenders from eligible candidates for the following:
TENDER NO.: GDC/RFP/DU/037/2016-2017
TENDER DESCRIPTION.: RFP for Provision of Pre-feasibility study for Establishment of Industrial park near the Menengai Geothermal Fields.
CLOSING DATE.: 24/2/17 at 2:00PM (1400HRS)
TENDER SECURITY.:  Kshs, 100,000
Interested eligible bidders may obtain further information and inspect the tender document from the office of Manager, Supply Chain at Kawi House, South C off Mombasa Road, Red Cross Road between 9.00am and 4.00pm during week days.
A complete set of the tender document may be obtained by interested firms upon payment of a non-refundable fee of Kshs.1000 payable to our accounts office in cash or by banker’s cheque. The documents can also be viewed and downloaded from the website http://www.gdc.co.ke or http://supplier.treasury.go.ke free of charge. Bidders who download the tender document from the website MUST forward their particulars immediately to procurement@gdc.co.ke for records and any further tender clarifications and addenda.
The completed tenders in plain sealed envelopes clearly marked with Tender No. and Tender reference name; shall be addressed to:
Managing Director & CEO,
Geothermal Development Company,
P.O Box 100746-00101
NAIROBI, KENYA
and deposited in the tender box at Ground Floor GDC office Kawi House, South C Off Mombasa Road, Red Cross Road on or before the dates specified above.
Tenders will be opened immediately thereafter in the presence of the tenderers’ or their representatives who choose to attend at Kawi House, South C GDC Board Room Ground Floor.
Late tenders will not be accepted.
MANAGER. SUPPLY CHAIN
GDDF Latin America EOI Deadline Reminder
A reminder from the GDF that Expressions of Interest (EOI) will be accepted until February 28th
The GDF reminds all interested applicants for geothermal development grants for projects located in:
 Central America
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Guatemala
Honduras
Nicaragua
South America
Bolivia
Chile
Colombia
Ecuador
Peru
The EOI application stage will be open until February 28, 2017. If you have not yet registered, you can complete your Pre-EOI here:
Phone: +1(716) 566-2741 (EE.UU. VOIP – Office located in Colombia)
Both English and Spanish speakers are welcome!
Headlines
 
Japanese lenders ink Indonesian geothermal deal
 
Switzerland has just announced the likely most attractive feed-in-tariffs for geothermal power produced of up to $0.479/ kWh.
 
President Carter: Renewable energy can help Trump create jobs
Published February 08, 2017
 
PLAINS, Ga. –  Former President Jimmy Carter said Wednesday millions of jobs could be created in the United States if President Donald Trump embraced renewable energy sources such as geothermal, solar and wind power.
Former GOP Cabinet Members Pitch Carbon Tax to White House
2/8/17 2:26 PM
 
A group of Republican former Cabinet members hope to persuade the Trump administration to act on climate change with a proposal to impose a carbon tax and dividend system.
Firm Believes It Can Tap the Potential of Geothermal Energy:
Minneapolis Star Tribune, by Mike Hughlett, February 5, 2017
OECS supports geothermal energy exploration [Eastern Caribbean]

World Bank to give Indonesia $55m to develop geothermal energy

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