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US-Mexico Geothermal Opportunities Workshop a Success! (Links to Download Event Presentations & NREL’s ‘Geothermal Market Assessment Report’ Below)

Trump Signs Executive Order to Further Dismantle the Obama Administration’s Climate Policies

DOE Secretary Perry Orders Report on Grid Reliability Within 60 Days

Geothermal Industry Supports AB920 in California

California’s Cap-and Trade Program Wins in Court, Program’s Future Still Unclear 

NV Energy Exceeds Nevada’s Renewable Energy Compliance for 2016

Local Benefit From Geothermal 32 million euro [Tuscany]

AC Energy completes acquisition of Chevron’s Indonesia geothermal assets

Request for Proposals: Assessment of the GSE and EEP Geothermal Data Management Program in Ethiopia

New IGA Executive Director Announced – Dr. Marit Brommer

Daldrup & Söhne AG receives major orders of over 20 million euros for geothermal drilling in Geretsried and Bad Bellingen

ENEL Seeks Plant Operator at Fallon

Great Basin Center Seeks Research Scientist, Geoscience Data Manager

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US-Mexico Geothermal Opportunities Workshop a Success!
On April 4th, the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) in conjunction with the Department of Energy, Institute of Americas, Department of Commerce, and National Renewable Energy Laboratory organized an “Mexico Geothermal Opportunities Workshop” focused on building relations between US entities and Mexican counterparts. High level representatives from the Mexico Ministry of Energy (SENER), CENACE, Energy Regulation Commission of CRE and CFE to Geopetrol Mexxus Company, ENAL-Mexico, Calpine Corporation, NALCO, Global Power Solutions and CPLatina convened for a day long workshop followed by a site visit to the Mexicali facility. The workshop focused on a working conversation on policy changes and development opportunities available for US entities looking to enter the Mexican market.
A full detailed article will be released in the coming weeks providing full coverage of the event and take-aways from the event!
To download the “Mexico’s Geothermal Market Assessment Report” released by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) at the workshop please click on the following link: http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy17osti/63722.pdf
Presentations from the event can be downloaded via the following link: http://bit.ly/2o6ePmq


 
Trump Signs Executive Order to Further Dismantle the Obama Administration’s Climate Policies
On March 28, President Trump signed an executive order directing his administration to begin undoing several more of the Obama administration’s climate change policies. The order’s most prominent target is the Clean Power Plan, which required states to meet individual carbon emission reduction goals and is a key policy in the U.S. effort to meet its obligations under the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. “My administration is putting an end to the war on coal,” said Trump at the signing of the order at EPA headquarters, at one point turning to a group of coal miners in attendance and declaring, “You’re going back to work.” The order instructs federal regulators to stop using the “social cost of carbon” in their economic analyses of future environmental rules. Trump’s signature also lifted a ban on coal leasing on federal lands, halted rules limiting methane leaks from oil and gas facilities, and rescinded multiple presidential memos meant to integrate climate action across numerous federal agencies. The EPA’s underlying endangerment finding naming greenhouse gas emissions a threat to public health and U.S. involvement in the Paris Agreement both went unaddressed in the order, but are viewed as major targets by the administration.
For more information see: PoliticoReutersNew York Times
Source: EESI
 
DOE Secretary Perry Orders Report on Grid Reliability Within 60 Days
 
In a surprise move, DOE Secretary Perry instructed his chief of staff, in writing, to prepare an immediate study of grid reliability and baseload power resources.  His memo to the Chief of Staff reads as follows:
“At the most recent G7 Energy Ministerial, my colleagues discussed the need for an energy transition utilizing greater efficiency and fuel diversity. There was also notable concern about how certain policies are affecting, and potentially putting at risk, energy security and reliability. It impressed upon me that the United States should take heed of the policy choices our allies
have made, and take stock of their consequences.
 
A reliable and resilient electric system is essential to protecting public health and fostering economic growth and job creation. The U.S. electric system is the most sophisticated and technologically advanced in the world. Consumers utilize heating, air conditioning, computers, and appliances with few disruptions. Nonetheless, there are significant changes occurring within the electric system that could profoundly affect the economy and even national security, and as such, these changes require further study and investigation.
 
Baseload power is necessary to a well-functioning electric grid. We are blessed as a nation to have an abundance of domestic energy resources, such as coal, natural gas, nuclear, and hydroelectric, all of which provide affordable base load power and contribute to a stable, reliable, and resilient grid. Over the last few years, however, grid experts have expressed concerns about the erosion of critical baseload resources.
 
Specifically, many have questioned the manner in which baseload power is dispatched and compensated. Still others have highlighted the diminishing diversity of our nation’s electric generation mix, and what that could mean for baseload power and grid resilience. This has resulted in part from regulatory burdens introduced by previous administrations that were designed to decrease coal-fired power generation. Such policies have destroyed jobs and economic growth, and they threaten to undercut the performance of the grid well into the future.
 
Finally, analysts have thoroughly documented the market-distorting effects of federal subsidies that boost one form of energy at the expense of others. Those subsidies create acute and chronic problems for maintaining adequate baseload generation and have impacted reliable generators of all types.
 
Each of these and other related issues must be rigorously studied and analyzed, and the Department of Energy is uniquely qualified for the task. The results of this analysis will help the federal government formulate sound policies to protect the nation’s electric grid. In establishing these policies, the Trump Administration will be guided by the principles of reliability, resiliency, affordability, and fuel assurance-principles that underpin a thriving economy.
 
I am directing you today to initiate a study to explore critical issues central to protecting the
long-term reliability of the electric grid, using the full resources and relationships available to the Department. By Wednesday, April 19, 2017, present to me an implementation plan to complete this study 60-days from that date, that will explore the following issues:
* The evolution of wholesale electricity markets, including the extent to which federal policy interventions and the changing nature of the electricity fuel mix are challenging the original policy assumptions that shaped the creation of those markets;
* Whether wholesale energy and capacity markets are adequately compensating attributes such as on-site fuel supply and other factors that strengthen grid resilience and, if not, the extent to which this could affect grid reliability and resilience in the future; and
* The extent to which continued regulatory burdens, as well as mandates and tax and subsidy policies, are responsible for forcing the premature retirement of baseload power plants.
 
I have committed to the President that this report will not only analyze problems but also provide concrete policy recommendations and solutions. I also committed to the President that I will do everything within my legal authority to ensure that we provide American families and businesses an electric power system that is technologically advanced, resilient, reliable, and
second to none.”
Geothermal Industry Supports AB920 in California
 
The Geothermal Energy Association applauded the introduction of AB 920 in the California legislature.  “AB 920 will help California develop a portfolio of electricity resources that is balanced, while minimizing costs and emissions, GEA’s Western Issues Representative Rhonda Mills said in a letter to the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Energy.
The legislation would help ensure a diversity of renewable resources, and help the state achieve its renewable goals.  Mills explained “… the pace of development also created issues for system reliability and, ironically, emissions reduction efforts. AB 920 helps ameliorate those issues in several ways:
1) By putting more baseload renewables onto the power grid, California will reduce the amount of natural gas energy needed for baseload power and to balance the power grid. That will reduce greenhouse gas and air pollution emissions, and help avoid unnecessary integration costs.
2) It will reduce curtailment of variable resources, like solar and wind.
3) It will help variable renewables to be dispatched more economically and avoid inefficient operations.”
According to California Legislative Information:
 “The California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program requires the Public Utilities Commission to establish a renewables portfolio standard requiring all retail sellers, as defined, to procure a minimum quantity of electricity products from eligible renewable energy resources, as defined, so that the total kilowatthours of those products sold to their retail end-use customers achieves 25% of retail sales by December 31, 2016, 33% by December 31, 2020, 40% by December 31, 2024, 45% by December 31, 2027, and 50% by December 31, 2030. The program additionally requires each local publicly owned electric utility, as defined, to procure a minimum quantity of electricity products from eligible renewable energy resources to achieve the procurement requirements established by the program. The program, consistent with the goals of procuring the least-cost and best-fit eligible renewable energy resources that meet project viability principles, requires that all retail sellers and local publicly owned electric utilities procure a balanced portfolio of electricity products from eligible renewable energy resources, as specified, referred to as the portfolio content requirements.This bill would require, for the compliance period ending December 31, 2024, and for each compliance period thereafter, that not less than 20% of the electricity products procured by a retail seller through renewable energy resource contracts executed on or after June 1, 2010, are for renewable baseload generation, as defined, and meet a specified product content requirement.”
California’s Cap-and Trade Program Wins in Court, Program’s Future Still Unclear 
By VanNess Feldman (Reprinted with Permission)
For climate policy advocates, California has been a kind of sanctuary state, unflagging in its commitment to ambitious mitigation strategies even as the Trump Administration moves to unwind programs at the federal level. In 2016, the California Legislature enacted an aggressive target for the state: reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. However, the state’s climate policies have been subject to ongoing judicial and legislative uncertainty.
On April 6, 2017, a California appellate court lifted one of those clouds of uncertainty, issuing a 2-1 decision that preserves the state’s landmark cap-and-trade program – at least through 2020. California Chamber of Commerce v. CARB. Thereafter, the fate of the cap-and-trade program is in the hands of the California Legislature, which is considering whether cap-and-trade will play a role in the state’s future climate policies – and, if so, in what form. This Alert summarizes the CARB court decision and describes the legislative activity underway.
Click here to read the full text of the Alert on our website – http://www.vnf.com/californias-cap-and-trade-program-wins-in-court 
Van  Ness Feldman represents clients in California on a range of environmental, climate, and energy matters and participates actively in proceedings at the California Air Resource Board.  For more information, please contact Kyle Danish or any member of the firm’s Environmental practice.
NV Energy Exceeds Nevada’s Renewable Energy Compliance for 2016
 
NV Energy has filed its state mandated 2016 Renewable Portfolio Standard Annual Report with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, showing that the company achieved a 22.2 percent renewable credit level in southern Nevada and 26.6 percent level in northern Nevada.
This is the seventh year in a row that NV Energy has exceeded the state’s renewable energy mandate. The 2016 legislated requirement is 20 percent, based on total retail energy sales.
The company also announced that its customers now benefit from 43 separate renewable energy projects in Nevada, with four more universal solar projects that are in the development or construction phase.
With the recent shutdown of the coal-fueled Reid Gardner Generating Station, coal is now only used for approximately 6 percent of NV Energy’s generation, with the majority of energy coming from Nevada-based natural gas power plants.
The company is continuing to cut back on coal-fueled generating, while increasing its renewable energy portfolio without raising rates. Customer rates today are at levels similar to rates in 2007. A 2016 year-end comparison done by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, recently reported that Nevada’s average retail price for all customers was 10 percent lower than the Mountain states, 18 percent lower than the U.S. average, and 45 percent lower than electricity users in California.
The majority of NV Energy’s renewable energy portfolio credits comes from geothermal resources, but solar resources now represent nearly a third of the total renewable energy resources.
Today NV Energy customers are served by 19 geothermal energy plants, 14 universal-scale solar fields, six hydro projects, five biomass or methane projects and one wind farm. In total, these projects represent more than 1,460 megawatts of nameplate renewable energy capacity. If all were operating at the same time they would generate enough energy to serve more than 875,000 typical homes in Nevada.
Four large-scale solar projects from previously awarded long-term contracts are in the development or construction phase. They include the 100-megawatt Switch Station 1 and the 79-megawatt Switch Station 2, both are located north of Las Vegas are slated to be operational in 2017. The 100-megawatt Techren Solar Energy Project in Boulder City is in the construction stage and expected to be operational in 2018, and the 200-megawatt Techren Solar Energy Project 2 is pending regulatory approval.
Local Benefit From Geothermal 32 million euro [Tuscany]
 
According to Enel Green Power the intermunicipal agreement between geothermal areas would have earned about 100 millionover three years. They involve three new municipalities
POMARANCE – Two years after signing the first protocol entirely “local content,” signed in June 2015 by Enel Green Power and Geothermal municipalities of the so-called traditional area (Pomarance, Castelnuovo Val di Cecina, Monteverdi Marittimo, Monterotondo Marittimo, Radicondoli Chiusdino ) the results of the Agreement continue to show positive signs.
During the annual meeting with the participation of the heads of Enel Green Power, the mayors, the provisional figures, temporary figures speak of 32 million economic impact in 2016 benefitting businesses of geothermal areas, accounting for 21 per cent of the total procurement in geothermal energy, growth compared to previous years (15 percent in 2014; 19 percent in 2015).
In total, over the past three years we have been 100.1 million euros returning o geothermal areas of Tuscany. Also, they are ongoing works for the construction of geothermal plants in Chile and Germany involving two Associated Tuscan companies for a total of about 25 million euro.
During the meeting it was also stated that in 2017, as well as in the next few years, the trend of investments and economic impact on the territories also depend on the ability of companies to continue the process of growth and specialization, with particular reference to the sector electromechanical , but also by the political and institutional decisions in matters of zoning and possible development of geothermal energy in Tuscany.
AC Energy completes acquisition of Chevron’s Indonesia geothermal assets
 
AC Energy Holdings, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ayala Corporation, and as part of an Indonesian consortium, completed the purchase and acquisition of Chevron’s geothermal assets and operations in Indonesia. The Indonesia consortium consists of AC Energy (with 19.8% economic stake), Star Energy Group Holdings Pte. Ltd., Star Energy Geothermal Pte. Ltd., and Electricity Generating Public Company Ltd. and the acquisition was made through their joint venture company, Star Energy Geothermal (Salak-Darajat) B.V. The Indonesia assets and operations include the Darajat and Salak geothermal fields in West Java, Indonesia, with a combined capacity of 637MW of steam and power.
AC Energy is the Ayala Group’s business arm in the energy sector, with investments in renewable energy and conventional power plants. AC Energy is a fast growing regional energy platform with development, operations and retail supply capabilities.
Request for Proposals: Assessment of the GSE and EEP Geothermal Data Management Program in Ethiopia
Opportunity Dates: March 31, 2017 – April 21, 2017
The Government of Ethiopia (GoE) is aggressively working to develop their nation’s 7,000 MW geothermal resources. GoE has set a target generating capacity of 2,500 MW from geothermal resources by 2030. In order to support the GoE’s objectives, the United States Government (USG), through the Power Africa Initiative, has been collaborating with the private sector and other development finance institutions (DFIs) to accelerate the development of Ethiopia’s geothermal resources.
In 2016 the GoE passed into legislation the Geothermal Resources Development Proclamation (GRDP). The new law set forth regulation regarding the country’s geothermal resources. The proclamation called for the creation of a new geothermal entity, one that brought together the geothermal directorate of the Geological Survey of Ethiopia (GSE) and the geothermal projects team of Ethiopia Electric Power (EEP). The new geothermal entity will report directly to the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity (MoWIE). With the creation of a new geothermal entity comes the creation of new internal policies and procedures regarding geothermal data management. It is therefore essential that intervention take place during the entity’s early stages to properly align new internal data policies and procedures with international best practices in geothermal data management programming.
This consultancy, funded by the U.S. – East Africa Geothermal Partnership, aims to improve GSE and EEP’s geothermal data management system. The consultant will 1) provide the geothermal entity of GSE and EEP with an introduction to Geothermal Data Management 2) assess the current Geothermal Data Management Systems and Procedures 3) develop a report outlining the completed assessment and corresponding recommendations 4) provide ongoing consultancy services to the GSE and EEP geothermal entity.
EVALUATION CRITERIA AND CONTRACT MANAGEMENT/OVERSIGHT
Evaluation of proposals will be conducted by a stakeholder review team on a Quality and Cost-Based Selection (QCBS) basis with a Cost weight of 30% and Quality weight of 70%.  Contract management, oversight and payment will be carried out by the United States Energy Association (USEA).
CONTRACT TYPE
This contract will be awarded as a fixed price contract.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION
Proposals must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM PDT on April 21, 2017.
Please visit https://www.usea.org/publication/request-proposal-assessment-gse-and-eep-geothermal-data-management-program-ethiopia  for more information on parameters and additional information.
For any questions or clarifications about this consultancy, please contact Ms. Ashley Ndir at andir@usea.org.  Please submit questions prior to 5:00pm April 14, 2017.  All questions and answers shall be made public on the USEA website on April 17th so that all interested parties are fully informed.
New IGA Executive Director Announced – Dr. Marit Brommer
 
Having started this week, Marit Brommer, a Dutch national joins the Secretariat team at the International Geothermal Centre (GZB) at Bochum University.
 With a decade of experience in the Oil & Gas Industry, she comes with a strong experience in operational offshore drilling at Total, and leading global R&D deployment projects at Shell. Prior to her Industry years she completed her PhD at the TU Delft (Nl) in Reservoir Geology and worked as a consultant at Royal Haskoning in the UK.
 “I am very excited to join IGA and honoured and proud to serve as the new Executive Director of the IGA, looking forward to collaborating with the Board and Secretariat the coming years to raise IGA´s profile, strengthen our activities, and increase the visibility of the Geothermal Industry at regional, national and multilateral level. The world is transitioning into a low-carbon society at a fast pace and I am determined to make Geothermal energy play a fundamental role in the future energy mix. I am looking forward to meeting as many of IGA´s members, partners and alliances in-person and through conference calls and video events in the coming months.”, said Marit Brommer.
 The International Geothermal Association plays an important role for the geothermal sector globally, promoting, informing and also rallying support to help with the development of geothermal projects worldwide. As an association of associations, IGA represents national geothermal associations, but also individual and corporate members.
 Alexander Richter, President of IGA: “I am very glad that we were able to attract an outstanding individual with a strong and corporate professional experience to lead the activities of IGA in times where we are planning to strengthen our efforts in the promotion and representation of geothermal energy. With current efforts on re-evaluating the association’s strategy and operations, and an increasing role towards national and multilateral organisations and efforts, such as the World Bank, IRENA, the REN Alliance and others, it is important to have a strong operational team within the Secretariat. IGA is grateful for the ongoing support of Germany in hosting the Secretariat.”
 Rolf Bracke, Director of GZB: “Thanks to the NRW-Government and EU-funding we are able to continue hosting of the IGA Secretariat as an international technology and know-how platform. We are certain that Marit Brommer is an excellent choice for guiding the Secretariat and the global geothermal industry into this important era for a broad implementation of climate protection technologies”.
 To learn more about IGA, visit the Association’s website at www.geothermal-energy.org
Contact: Marit Brommer: IGA Executive Director; Ph: +49 2343210712 | IGA@hs-bochum.de  Website: http://www.geothermal-energy.org
Daldrup & Söhne AG receives major orders of over 20 million euros for geothermal drilling in Geretsried and Bad Bellingen
 
– Daldrup is using the integrated insurance model for the first time in Germany
– Thermal water drilling for spa management Bad Bellingen
Grünwald / Ascheberg, March 27, 2017 – Daldrup & Söhne AG (ISIN DE0007830572) has received the order from the Enex geothermal energy project Geretsried Nord GmbH & Co. KG, Gelting Drilling holes for thermal water. The contract value is approx. EUR 19 million. In this project, Daldrup is implementing for the first time in Germany the integrated insurance model, which has already been successfully deployed abroad, in order to hedge the risk of discovery. Taking into account the research project “Dolomitkluft”, the 6036 m borehole, which was constructed in Geretsried in 2013, is to be made economically viable. For this purpose, a sidetrack is to branch off from the existing main borehole and through a modified bore path to 5. 700 m to the geothermal reservoir. A second well is to open the reservoir at a depth of 4,900 m. The geological and seismic preliminary investigations as well as the insights gained from the drilling drilled in 2013 show structures that allow an adequate water quantity (bed) to be reached in addition to already secured temperatures of 160 degrees Celsius. If such a liquidity exists, the customer plans the erection of a geothermal power plant. In addition to already secured temperatures of 160 degrees Celsius also a sufficient quantity of water (bulk).
 In this project, Daldrup & Söhne AG is using the Alternative Risk Transfer (ART) structure, which has been newly developed especially for the purpose of hedging the risk of discovery risks. This represents a unique integrated backup model that enables geothermal drilling and energy projects within a reinsurance structure by making it possible to finance them through debt at an early stage of the project. In addition to hedging the liquidity risks, the capital requirements of the clients are significantly reduced during the search phase. Enex finances the energy project with the involvement of an international bank.
Josef Daldrup, CEO of Daldrup & Söhne AG, explains: “The geothermal energy project in Geretsried is the first integrated project of this kind in Germany, with the successful implementation we have an exemplary reference project in the Netherlands. We assume that we will acquire further geothermal energy projects with our ART structure in Germany as well as in our European neighboring countries. Geothermal drilling – including the first drilling that carries the highest risk – is for our equity capital investors and banks with our ART structure can be backed up right from the start. “
Thermal water drilling in Bad Bellingen
Daldrup & Söhne AG has received a drill survey for thermal water at a depth of about 1,200 meters from Bad Bellingen spa management. The total project costs are estimated by the client with approx. EUR 3.8 million. The drill stop took place in early March. From the depth of 70 degrees hot water is promoted, that is provided to the bath Bellinger thermal bath. The residual heat is to be used for the heating of another thermal spa, thus reducing energy costs.
ENEL Seeks Plant Operator at Fallon
 
Overview: The Geothermal Power Plant Operator is qualified through the facilities qualification program to operate the Salt Wells Geothermal Facility, and perform outside operations of the Stillwater Geothermal, Stillwater Solar, and Stillwater CSP at the direction of the Control Room operator and Operations Supervisor. They are responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the geothermal power plant equipment for which they have qualified. The Geothermal Power Plant Operator will read and record all parameters associated with an operating power plant and geothermal well field and Perform outside Duties as assigned.
Great Basin Center Seeks Research Scientist, Geoscience Data Manager
Position Summary:
This position will be based in the Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy within the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology at the University of Nevada, Reno. The position will be responsible for collecting, compiling, cataloguing, maintaining and publicly-disseminating information related to Nevada’s geothermal resources, including geotechnical reports, well datasets, geological, geophysical and hydrological data, and core samples from geothermal drilling in Nevada.
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