Inside Trump’s Energy Plans

In this post:
Trump Insider: New Energy Picks
U.S. DOE Funding Opportunity: Deep Direct Use Feasibility Studies
They May Save Us Yet: Scientists Found a Way to Turn Our Carbon Emissions Into Rock
What Energy Storage Policy Could Look Like Under President Trump
Drilling Technology Key to Successful Drilling for Geothermal Heating Project in Northern Europe

Leading News

Thomas Pyle and the American Energy Alliance just made a splash in the Trump transition team: Pyle was appointed to the Energy Department transition operation as its head. Pyle’s, a leading anti-renewables leader, pick is balanced out by possible Energy Secretary Harold Hamm of Continental Resources, who is not renewables-averse and in fact, Continental Resources was awarded an award for geothermal excellence last year thanks to their ORC geothermal demo at Continental Resources oil sites in North Dakota. The energy community and world at large will have to wait and see how President-elect Trump approaches renewable technologies, which could easily fit into his vision of American energy independence and job creation.

President-elect Donald Trump’s energy and environmental transition staff has been drastically reshaped.

The transition team announced today that Thomas Pyle, president of the American Energy Alliance, will be taking over as head of the Energy Department transition operation.
Doug Domenech, former Virginia secretary of natural resources and a George W. Bush administration Interior Department staffer, will lead Interior’s transition operation.

The Trump team said Myron Ebell, a well-known climate skeptic and the head of the U.S. EPA transition operation, continues to lead that agency’s team.

Several top transition team members have departed as others have taken their slots on teams overseeing energy policies and on the so-called landing teams expected to arrive this week in DOE, the Interior Department and other agencies. The shake-ups come after the Trump team announced a crackdown on registered lobbyists last week and amid a broader staffing overhaul made when Vice President-elect Mike Pence replaced New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as head of the transition team.

The landing teams are expected to interview current agency officials about ongoing policies and make recommendations for the incoming administration about how to reverse current policies and advance its own agenda following Trump’s inauguration.

Pyle is taking over for Mike McKenna, an energy lobbyist and president of MWR Strategies, who left his post last week as head of the DOE landing team (Greenwire, Nov. 18).

Pyle isn’t currently a registered lobbyist but has lobbied in the past for Koch Industries, the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association (now called American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers), and other groups. He worked on Capitol Hill for former House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Texas), as staff director for the House Western Caucus and as a legislative aide to former California Republican Rep. Richard Pombo.

Domenech has taken over the lead on the Interior team, which was previously headed by another former Bush Interior official, David Bernhardt.I

t’s unclear whether Bernhardt is still involved in the operation. He dropped a lobbying client Friday – a signal that he planned to continue working with the transition. Bernhardt did not respond to a request for comment (E&ENews PM, Nov. 18).

Domenech is director of the Fueling Freedom Project of the Texas Public Policy Foundation. The project’s stated mission is to “explain the forgotten moral case for fossil fuels.

“Domenech was previously secretary of natural resources in Virginia under then-Gov. Bob McDonnell (R). During the Bush administration, he served at Interior as deputy chief of staff and White House liaison.

At least one of Trump’s energy policy aides has left the transition team.

Mike Catanzaro, a lobbyist at CGCN who had been working on energy policy for the transition, stepped down late last week.

“Mike felt like his time on the Trump transition had run its course and came to the decision that it was time to focus on his work at CGCN Group. While he was honored to serve on the transition team, he never harbored any hope or intention of joining the Trump administration,” a source familiar with Catanzaro’s thinking said.

Rebecca Rosen, vice president of policy and government affairs at Oklahoma-based oil and gas company Devon Energy Corp., was said to be working on energy policy with Catanzaro. Devon reported Friday that Rosen would no longer be lobbying for the company, according to public disclosures, a possible signal that she intends to continue to work for the transition.

The names of additional members of Trump transition landing teams are expected to be announced this week.


U.S. DOE Funding Opportunity: Deep Direct Use Feasibility Studies

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office has published this funding opportunity for geothermal deep direct use feasbility studies.
This Funding Opportunity Announcement is soliciting applications that propose projects conducting feasibility studies of large-scale, low-temperature deep-well geothermal systems coupled with advanced direct-use applications and cascaded surface technologies whose applications will extend the reach of geothermal into geologically distinct parts of the country beyond the western U.S. These systems are referred to herein as deep direct-use or DDU.
The funding will be a total of up to $4 million, subject to congressional approval (see note here).

This FOA will solicit applications that propose projects supporting DDU feasibility studies in two Topic Areas:
Topic Area 1 “DDU Feasibility Studies” will focus on the initial site selection, resource assessment, and feasibility study of DDU technology(s).
Topic Area 2 “DDU Community of Practice Administration and Techno-Economic Validation of DDU Projects” seeks to convene and establish a DDU Community of Practice (COP).
Please note the “Submission Deadlines” below. The EERE Exchange system is designed to enforce hard deadlines for Concept Paper and Full Application submissions. The APPLY and SUBMIT buttons automatically disable at the defined submission deadlines. The intention of this design is to consistently enforce a standard deadline for all applicants.

The complete Funding Opportunity Announcement can be accessed under the “Documents” heading below.

FOA FAQs for this Funding Opportunity Announcement can be accessed under the “Documents” heading below.

An informational webinar will be held for this FOA on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 10:00 AM MST. Please register to attend this webinar at the following link:

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Submission deadlines
Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 12/15/2016 5:00 PM ET
Full Application Submission Deadline: 2/22/2017 5:00 PM ET

They May Save Us Yet: Scientists Found a Way to Turn Our Carbon Emissions Into Rock

Earlier this year, a project in Iceland reported an apparent breakthrough in the safe underground storage of the principal greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide – an option likely to be necessary if we’re to solve our global warming problem.

The Carbfix project, run by a leading Icelandic producer of geothermal power, Reykjavik Energy, announced that it had successfully injected 250 tons of carbon dioxide, dissolved in water, into an underground repository of volcanic rocks called basalts – and that the carbon dioxide hadn’t just stayed there. No – it was way better than that. Instead the carbon dioxide had apparently become one with the basalt, undergoing a fast chemical reaction and forming a type of rock called a carbonate in two years’ time.

That’s a big deal because it means the gas would not escape back to the atmosphere again even if the underground repository were somehow compromised. And now, a group of American researchers has taken the science even farther, once again suggesting that storing carbon dioxide stripped from industrial processes, or sucked from the atmosphere, in basalt rocks may be a key part of the solution to climate change.

Peter McGrail of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, a branch of the Department of Energy, and his colleagues were also working on storing carbon dioxide in basalts, based upon small scale laboratory experiments showing the gas does bind with the rock. And they, like the Carbfix project, were ready to scale up and perform an actual injection, in this case 1253 meters deep into basalts from the Columbia River region of Washington State.

In their results reported Friday in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters, they go beyond the Carbfix project in several key ways, McGrail said. First, they injected carbon dioxide in its fluid, supercritical form, which is most likely to be how it is received and transported from industrial projects. And second, after two years had passed, they took core samples of the rocks, using a battery of tests to prove definitively that the CO2 had indeed turned into a carbonate rock called ankerite, comprised of calcium, carbon, oxygen, iron, magnesium, and manganese.

This was a key demonstration because there are some carbonates that occur naturally in basalts, and so it was important to distinguish the new rock from what had already been there.
“We’d seen these things in the lab, but the field is often a case where your best laid plans and ideas from lab experiments fall apart, and just don’t work out,” said McGrail. “And the fact now that we’ve seen this after just two years with the exact really same things that we’ve seen in the laboratory, it’s a really significant result for us.”

In effect, what the researchers in both Iceland and Washington State were accomplishing was a high speed version of the geological process known as “weathering,” in which carbon dioxide very slowly becomes locked away in rock layers.

Perhaps the most impressive part of the study was the researchers’ ability to analyze the very carbon itself inside the rock samples that they recovered two years after injection. Here, they looked at the ratio of two “isotopes,” or slight variants, of carbon to one another. This way, they were able to show that the rock contained a higher ratio of the slightly lighter carbon 12, as opposed to the somewhat heavier carbon 13, thus showing a signature that matched up with the fossil fuel-based carbon dioxide that had originally been pumped into the earth.
“There is no other possible explanation,” said McGrail. “The only way that those carbonates had formed, it had to come from the CO2 that we injected.”

McGrail says that after this successful field test, the next step for the research will now be to scale up and start injecting even larger quantities of carbon dioxide into basalts, in volumes more representative of an industrial scale operation.

The new study is impressive, said Klaus Lackner, a researcher at Arizona State University who directs its Center for Negative Carbon Emissions, where he is developing technologies to capture carbon dioxide from the ambient air all around us – a process that would have to be complemented by some form of long-term storage of the gas. Lackner knew the project was ongoing but was not involved in the work.

“Taking this study together with the Icelandic study, you see real progress toward making in situ mineralization a high quality affordable carbon storage technology,” Lackner said. “Sure, there are more questions to answer, but these papers represent immense progress. The two studies complement and reinforce each other.”

Lackner added that “basalts on land and below the ocean floor are so abundant that if they can be pulled in, we have indeed unlimited storage capacity.”

McGrail’s vision appears slightly different, though. He believes that much of the time, CO2 will be sequestered in geological repositories that contain it safely, but that do not react with it to form rock. However, he thinks that in key locations where basalts are available but other repositories are not, basalts will be used.

But Lackner stressed the advantage of having the carbon dioxide permanently become rock.
“There is a real value in being sure that storage is permanent on a geological time scale and that the carbon does not need any further monitoring,” he said. “Once you made carbonate there is no reason why it would revert again. You hit the thermodynamic ground state and it is very difficult to dislodge it from there.”

Either way, the new research appears to be another step along the way to a world in which, even if our industrial processes necessarily produce lots of carbon dioxide, we have other options than to just let it spill into the atmosphere.


What Energy Storage Policy Could Look Like Under President Trump

Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric showed no mercy for climate change policy, but there’s reason to believe energy storage will continue to flourish under his presidency.

It’s not clear that Trump himself thinks much about energy storage. There are few, if any, instances of him mentioning it specifically in public. The 2016 GOP party platform, though, promised that a Republican administration would “find new ways to store electricity, a breakthrough of extraordinary import.” That reference came in the context of grid modernization and resilience efforts.

It’s worth noting that, even under President Barack Obama’s diligent efforts to expand clean energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, federal energy storage policy is still virtually nonexistent. A bill to give storage an income tax credit like the one solar energy enjoys has been introduced in both houses of Congress, but hasn’t moved very far. When the White House hosted a storage summit this summer, it showcased a collection of ongoing efforts, but did not break much new ground.

The states that have largely driven the expansion of distributed energy resources through strong policy and regulatory action will continue to do so, and their ranks are growing.
“There are a lot of opportunities that will now shift from a federal focus to a more distributed focus, no pun intended, with cities and states in particular,” said Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM), one of the most vocal proponents of energy storage on Capitol Hill.

Any industry would be remiss, though, to not seek greater representation in the policy agenda of an incoming administration. For energy storage, this likely means a pivot from messaging around decarbonization and renewables integration to a greater emphasis on the role of storage as infrastructure for a safer, more resilient grid.

The ITC helped boost the fledgling solar industry and get it to scale. It now employs more people in the U.S. than oil and gas or coal extraction. Storage advocates were hoping that legislators would apply the same logic to storage.

There’s still a chance the storage ITC could pass, but it’s going to be tough. Heinrich said he is working on moving the ITC by the end of the year, along with the “orphan” renewable energy tax credit extenders for things like small wind and geothermal energy, which were negotiated in the budget compromise of 2015 but left out of the final wording. Energy storage tax credits wont pass as a standalone bill, but they could end up in a must-pass bill to keep the government funded.

The “continuing resolution” has become a curious annual ritual in D.C., a last resort to keep the government operational for a few more months in the absence of a real budget agreement. Due to the critical nature of appropriations bills, they provide opportunities to get smaller items included as part of the grand bargain. The solar ITC and wind production tax credit extensions were passed in last year’s compromise spending package.

The outcome of the election altered congressional Republicans’ incentives to compromise, though. “They don’t have any incentive to do anything in the lame duck [session], other than keeping the government going,” said Katherine Hamilton, a partner at 38 North Solutions in Washington, D.C.

Everything else can wait until a fellow Republican occupies the White House.
The Senate version of the energy bill, which is currently in conference with the House, also contains R&D funding for energy storage. It looks similarly doubtful that this will be finalized in the lame duck session.

Make the transmission of electrons great again

If the ITC falls through, it wouldn’t be the end of the world for storage.

“Storage has opportunities that potentially are nonpartisan and could be inserted into legislation that is more related to grid modernization than to any particular energy source,” Hamilton said.

The “storage for grid modernization” pitch jibes with the GOP platform and primes storage for inclusion in the major infrastructure bill that Trump has promised for his early days in office. It’s been years since there was a strong consensus on infrastructure spending in Congress, and such legislation offers a chance for many constituents to get something they want.

The industry group Energy Storage Association has already begun conversations along these lines, said Executive Director Matt Roberts.

“We would want to see a large investment in the grid infrastructure, and we believe storage can play a big role in it,” Roberts said.

Storage is uniquely suited to bolstering grid resiliency against severe weather and cybersecurity threats. It enables greater decentralization of the grid, which reduces the impact of failures at critical junctions.

This has already caught the attention of the General Services Administration, which is exploring storage for backup power in federal offices. Storage has a lot to offer the Federal Emergency Management Agency or the Department of Homeland Security, Roberts added. It could be used, for example, to keep city halls across the country operational in the event of a blackout.

Grid-scale storage allows utilities to defer expensive upgrades to substations and transmission lines, which might make it attractive to conservatives. Commissioner Bob Stump of the Arizona Corporation Commission, a Republican who penned a conservative critique of Trump’s energy policy in June, noted in an email that energy storage is a key technology for reducing peak load, which is a major driver of the cost of electricity. He said he hopes Trump looks to state-level experiments in energy policy for guidance in crafting a national policy.

Luckily for the industry, storage appeals to both utilities and to customers. It can avoid the types of clashes that arose between the residential solar industry and utilities, which in some places devolved into a zero-sum battle for customers. That might change if it becomes big enough to cut into the revenues of gas peaker plants or other incumbent generators, but that’s still a ways off.

Other options

Storage advocates have a few other avenues to pursue at the federal level.

Congress passes a defense authorization bill every year, and that could be an occasion to look at ways that energy storage serves the mission of the military, Heinrich said. The GOP platform characterizes clean energy requirements as a financial burden for the Defense Department, but early adopters in the Navy have said investments in solar and storage save money and enhance the branch’s ability to defend the country.

The most long-lasting policy implications for storage will emerge from proceedings at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which manages the interplay between state and federally regulated grids. Jeff St. John summed up the state of FERC post-election here. Key takeaways:

The wonky nature of FERC has kept it out of the political spotlight and makes it harder to predict what Trump will do with it.

Democrats on the commission will hold a majority until June.

If Trump appoints commissioners who side with big, centralized utilities, it could slow down development of markets for distributed energy resources.

FERC could accelerate the rise of storage by adjusting regulations on how storage competes in the markets. As ESA’s Roberts describes it, “Storage gains a lot of its value from its speed and response time. If the grid only measures things in hours, being able to deliver in 5 minutes doesn’t really map out.”

“The ITC is a mechanism that has done wonders for the solar and wind industries and absolutely can have an impact in driving storage forward,” Roberts added. “But really the key is having markets that recognize the value energy storage delivers and integrates energy storage into the planning and modeling of the system.”

The picture that emerges here is an industry that does not hinge on any particular federal action, but could grow much faster with well-crafted federal support. Storage has thus far avoided the partisan shadow that grew around solar power, and it fits neatly among the principles of both parties. If anything, the primary obstacle it faces is a lack of basic awareness.


China to Boost Geothermal Power Consumption

China will boost the development of geothermal power in the next five years to reduce coal consumption and improve air quality, an energy official said on Thursday.

In particular, China will promote the use of geothermal power in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region to replace coal for heating to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and improve air quality, Li Yangzhe, deputy director of the National Energy Administration, told an international forum on geothermal power.

Li said China will provide policy support to boost geothermal power exploitation and consumption during the 2016-2020 period.

China is expected to more than triple its geothermal power consumption by 2020 to 72.1 million tonnes of coal equivalent from the current level.

China consumed about 20 million tonnes of coal equivalent of geothermal resources for heating, power generation and other uses in 2015, official data showed.

By 2020, geothermal power will likely account for about 1.5 percent of the country’s total energy consumption, helping to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 177 million tonnes.


Drilling Technology Key to Successful Drilling for Geothermal Heating Project in Northern Europe

In a piece on LinkedIn, Strada Energy International Limited announces having “achieved a transformational breakthrough in the deep drilling viability of geothermal energy for hard-rock systems by surpassing 4,500 metres vertically in a large diameter well on its way to 7,000 metres. Of major significance between this well and “comparative” wells, is that this 4,500m has been granite from the start of the well (“spud”) and is planned to be in granite all the way to completion.

Strada Energy is a drilling contractor focused on the geothermal sector. Strada Energy has contracts to drill the wells for a district heating project in Northern Europe and for electricity projects in South East Asia. Strada Energy has an exclusive operating license to use patented fluid hammer technologies that are absolutely suited to hard-rock environments.

Using drilling technology and methods developed in Australia by founder and Chairman Warren Strange, and leveraging relationships with its trusted suppliers, Strada Energy has drilled past 4,500 metres in hard granite in just a couple of months which is up to 70% less than the time taken to drill other deep wells that generally only intersected hard-rock in sections. At times, drilling was able to be advanced more than 200 metres per day.

The well, required for a district heating project conversion to geothermal energy in Northern Europe, has been drilled in a few sections using internationally recognized standard drilling sizes. Geothermal energy use has very low emissions of greenhouse gases, including only about three percent of the carbon dioxide emissions of a fossil power station. Hard-rock geothermal energy has the goal to replace fossil fuels in industries like electricity generation, district heating and cooling systems, and desalination needs of the world, and to provide energy independence for countries now dependent on typically imported fossil fuels.

There are many factors that affect the cost of any geothermal well including the type of rock formation that is being drilled, hole diameter, the casing program, and the remoteness of the drilling site to name a few. Some of these factors are more important, since they can greatly influence other factors. For example, the hole depth largely determines the casing program that must be used to give the desired bottom hole diameter. The well-type generally determines the type of rock formation, and to some extent, the lithology, that will be encountered. The well-location can determine rig rental and material costs, especially if the wells being drilled are remotely located in the Andes compared to a coastal location in Europe.

Strada Energy is pleased to announce that its approach to drilling the first 4,500 metres has successfully answered the request from the geothermal industry for an innovative practical solution aimed at delivering a well according to the project owners’ exacting requirements.
Strada Energy has identified that the type of rig is crucial to further substantial improvements in the cost of a well. This is mainly due to minimizing the mobilization costs for the project developer, minimizing the site footprint and environmental impact of a drilling site, and reducing the non-productive time associated with changing a drill bit at depth.

Strada Energy is developing a 500 tonne highly-mobile, super-double drill rig in Germany that will set up to drill in less than one shift and transport in less than 25 loads. This exclusive Strada Energy design, called the ED500, is designed to drill up to 8,000 metre deep wells in the car parks of existing district heating systems in Northern Europe and on small drill pads on the sides of volcanoes in locations such as South East Asia, South America and Central America. The design intention the ED500 is to be able to drill where the ideal location is and minimise the pipeline and property purchase costs normally associated with geothermal projects. This means drilling at source where the energy is needed. It is planned to commission the first new rig in 2017 and leverage the advantages of the rig into further lowering the drilling cost.

Strada Energy plans to provide a fixed price per metre drilling solution for district heating, desalination, and electricity generation projects around the globe. The intention is to use its patented technology to drill geothermal wells and act to meet the growing demand for base-load green energy by providing a cost-effective fully integrated drilling service.


Geothermal Power Markets Showing Strong Growth, International News

In this post:
*Geothermal Power Market Showing Strong Growth, New Report Finds
*Obama Readies Clean Energy ‘End-Game’
*Kuwait, Saudi Investors Evince Interest in Geothermal Projects in Gorontalo
*Kenya: Thermal Energy Production Drops
*New Japanese Geothermal Power Generator Set for Trial Run
*KenGen Starts Geothermal Study to Produce More Untapped Power
*Leaders Urge Cuomo to Support Geothermal Energy
*Alberta Looks at Converting Disused Oil Wells for Geothermal Energy Production
*Researchers Starting Trials on Geothermal Pilot Project in Oita Prefecture, Japan
*Stoke-on-Trent Hires Swedish Experts for Planned Geothermal District Heating Scheme
*Indonesian Government to Develop Geothermal Energy in Flores Island
*Kenya Seeking Further Investment for Geothermal Energy Sector
*Industry Asking for Emerging Geothermal Technologies FIT in Philippines


Satellite map reveals international geothermal potential.  Areas in purple are where geothermalpotential is hottest – places to focus international and national geothermal development efforts on.
Image Credit: ESA/IRENA

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Geothermal on Mars, and Around the World

In this post:
*Why Geothermal Energy Will Be Key To Mars Colonization
*Sacramento Geothermal Events Gathering Steam!
*U.S. Renewables Now Outpace Nuclear Power in Energy Production and Electrical Capacity
*Paris Agreement Ratified by 70 Countries, Showing International Support for Clean Energy
*Examining the Technological Overlap Between Oil, Gas and Geothermal
*Alberta Government Eyes Geothermal Fix to Abandoned Well Crisis
*Reasons to Switch to a Geothermal Power
*Exergy Reports Start of 12 MW Saraykoy 2 Geothermal Plant in Turkey
*First 110 MW Unit of Sarulla Geothermal Project Reaching Completion
*Globally-applicable Geothermal Reporting Standard is Now Effective
*New High-Temperature Downhole Hammer Designed for Geothermal Drilling
*Kenya: Geothermal Development’s Turn to Profit Tilts Energy Mix
*Mayor to Hold Another Forum on 60 MW Geothermal Project
*Roundtable to Explore Potential of Geothermal Energy at Cornell
*Kenya: Why More Steam Power Will Not Drive Down Fuel Charges
*Geothermal Heating to Save Cobble Hill Hall Big Money
*City Utility Buys Two Operating Geothermal Power Plants in Munich
*Construction of New Zealand Geothermal Power Plant to Begin
*Geothermal to Cover 50% of Energy Supply on St. Vincent & the Grenadines
*Sawmill Fire Burning in The Geysers 90% Contained
*Governor Brown Signs Geothermal Bill in California
*Turboden to Install Large 16 MW Single Turbine at Croatian Project
*Oil and Gas Wells Prove Useful for Geothermal Energy Generation
*AboitizPower to Supply Energy Needs of 2 Cebu Companies
*Supreme Energy Moving Forward on Three Projects in Indonesia


Is this the final destination of geothermal energy – Mars?
Image Credit: Twentieth Century Fox

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Good Things Come in Threes: GEOEXPO+ Fast Approaching

In this post:
*Good Things Come in Threes
*IRENA/GGA Working Session at GEA’s Marketing Forum
*FREE Agency Match Making Session
*CA Roundtable Event
*GEA’s Salton Sea Request for Information Comments
*GEA Wants to Say a Special Thanks to its 2016 Members
*Obama’s Climate Legacy on Trial
*Indonesia Struggles to Tap Volcanoes for Geothermal Power
*Geothermal Drilling Project Preparations to Begin Soon in St. Kitts and Nevis
*Indonesia Offers $420m Geothermal Projects in Sumatra and Maluku
*Soil Survey Shows Strong Lithium Results at the Nevada Energy Metals Black Rock Desert Project
*KenGen Bets on Modular Power Plant Technology
*New Zealand Invests in Geothermal Energy Exploration in Dominica
*New Zealand Committed to Development of Indonesia’s Renewable Energy Sector
*BLM Moves Forward with Phase I of Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan
*The Geothermal Community Meets in Strasbourg for the European Geothermal Congress 2016 to Celebrate European Excellency Calls for Clear Structural Signals and Tailored Tools for Further Expansion
*Capitol Drafts Position Paper on Proposed EDC Geothermal Study
*Kenyan Geothermal Gets $60 Million From African Development Bank
*USTDA Supporting Akiira Geothermal Project in Kenya
*KenGen Wins Prestigious Engineering Awards for Geothermal Work in Kenya
*Maibarara Wins 2016 Asia Geothermal Project Award
*Indonesia to Auction 20 MW Gunung Hamiding Geothermal Project
*California Wildfire Forces Evacuation of 300 Homes

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Few Weeks Left Until GEA GEOEXPO+ & GRC Annual Meeting

In this post:
*Less than 6 weeks left to register online for the GEA GEOEXPO+ & GRC Annual Meeting
*Congress is Back in Town, Critical Decisions on Tap for Geothermal!
*Thank you to GEA Members New and Renewed!
*Geothermal Heating Part of Ambitious Plans of Polish Government
*Chevron Geothermal Seeks Additional Permits for Mount Salak Project
*How The Synthetic Diamond Industry Is Revolutionizing The Geothermal Energy Market
*Jerry Brown Presses Case for Expanding California’s Power Grid
*PLN Plan to Buy PGE Stake Could Harm Geothermal Development: Analyst
*Fallon Named Finalist for Enhanced Geothermal Systems Site
*Leading the Way to Abundant Geothermal Energy
*The Bold and Controversial Plan to Drill Into a Supervolcano
*Geothermal Bill on its Way to Governor’s Desk
*Could the ‘Most Powerful Geothermal Reservoirs in the World’ Save the Colorado River?
*Berkeley Lab Continues to FORGE its Way with $29 Million Investment in Enhanced Geothermal Systems Efforts
*Letter: Koch’s Geothermal System Isn’t the Standard
Mount Salak
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Big News on Salton Sea, GEOEXPO+ Approaches

In this post:

*GEA GEOEXPO+ & GRC Annual Meeting
*GEA Board Calls for Nominations
*Desert Sun: Obama at Lake Tahoe: Big Announcements on Salton Sea, Geothermal Energy
*Request for Information on the Availability of New Geothermal Electricity in the Salton
*Energy Department Announces $29 Million Investment in Enhanced Geothermal Systems Efforts
*Corbetti Geothermal PLC EOI Notice
*Power Africa Launches New Partnership With the Government of Japan
*ElectraTherm Power+ Generator Exceeds 3,000 Hours in Japan
*Aceh Governor Eyes Geothermal Project in Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem
*U.S. EIA: Geothermal Very Competitive on Levelized Cost of Electricity Basis
*Geothermal Agency Opens Search for New Chiefs After Shake-up
*Geothermal Picks Up Steam With Alberta Proposal to Retrofit Abandoned Oil Wells
*Tiffany Lai Conquers a Geothermal Challenge
*Polaris Infrastructure Announces Connection of Well SJ 9-4
*European Mexican Research Project Exploring Ultra-deep Geothermal Resources
*PLN to Buy Half of Pertamina’s Geothermal Unit
*Geothermal Energy: an Expensive but Attractive Option for Latin America
*Oregon Agency Offers $2M in Renewable Project Incentives
*Exergy Expects to Add an Additional 200 MW Geothermal Capacity in Turkey

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Ultimate Geothermal Event in California, Geothermal News

In this post:
California to Host Ultimate Geothermal Energy Event in October
Thank you to GEA Members New and Renewed!
DOE Announces SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity for Subsurface Technologies
California State Assembly Approves Bill to Extend California Climate Program Through 2030 – Assembly Members Garcia and Speaker Rendon Lead the Way
World Bank: Procurement notice, Turkey Geothermal Development Project
Enel, Heading Towards a Geothermal World
Energy Department Awards 43 New Business-Laboratory Collaborations under Small Business Vouchers Pilot
Lab Collaborates With Small Businesses in Gas Turbine Manufacturing and Geothermal Projects
Despite Stagnant Growth, U.S. Invests in Technology Development
China to More than Triple Geothermal Power Consumption by 2020
First Ever Geothermal Oil Well Project Starting in Leduc County


Check out LiveScience’s exploration of what happened to geothermal energy.

Image Credit: Robert Zierenberg, UC Davis

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GEOEXPO+ Marketing Forum Agenda Released, Geothermal Developments

In this post:
Indonesian Government Offers Up 30 Geothermal Working Areas Until 2018
Toshiba to Supply Steam Turbine and Generators for One of World’s Largest-Class Geothermal Power Plant Projects
Indonesian Government to Streamline Geothermal Permits
Philippines EDC Plant Expanding Within Geothermal Site
Geothermal Players Seek FIT Accreditation from DOE
EERE Success Story-Geothermal Wells: Advancing the Technology
ThinkGeoEnergy: UN: The Great Role of Geothermal for Indigenous Group in NZ
Renewable Energy World: Too Many Projects Can Lead to Too Many Problems


The Philippines Bacman geothermal plant.

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GRC Annual Meeting/GEAEXPO+, Heat-Resistant Drilling Tech, and More

In this post:
*GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GEOEXPO+
*Geothermal Exploration for South Africa a Possibility, Funding a Major Challenge
*U.S. Geothermal Targets Billion Dollar Growth in Rapidly Growing Renewable Energy
*Salt Lake City Commits to Landmark Clean Energy and Climate Change Resolution
*Designing a Geothermal Drilling Tool that Can Take the Heat
*St. Kitts and Nevis Making Substantial Advances on the Energy Front
*NTEC Turns its Attention to Clean Energy
*Press Release: Ansaldo Energia Awarded Contracts in Indonesia Worth 80 Million Euros 
“Technologist Elton Wright assists as mechanical engineer Jiann Su inspects a downhole hammer used to drill at Sandia National Laboratories’ high operating temperature (HOT) test facility. Sandia and Swedish firm Atlas Copco designed, built and tested the drilling tool that will withstand the heat of geothermal drilling.”

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Geothermal Developments from California to Dubai

Check out the new flyer for the 4th Indonesia International Geothermal Convention and Exhibition! 
In this post:

*Comments Notice: UNFC Geothermal Specifications open for Public Comment
*Dubai to Explore Feasibility of Geothermal Energy Usage for Desalination
*Energy Grid Operators Say Expansion Would Save $1.5 Billion
*Geothermal Power at the Geysers Proves Resilient and Key To Renewable Energy Goals
*Officials Weigh Geothermal Energy Leases Near Valles Caldera
*Magnets Used to Extract Valuable Rare Earth Elements from Geothermal Plants

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