Leading news: Geothermal Energy Expo Kicks Off This Sunday

The GRC Annual Meeting and GEA Geothermal Energy Expo kicks off this Sunday, September 20 at the Peppermill in Reno, Nevada! This post brings you updates on opportunities at the geothermal events, as well as legislative updates in California and Washington DC; organizations that are helping communities displaced by the California Wildfire that has also damaged The Geysers geothermal facilities; and more from our GEA members.

Geothermal reservoir simulator: Grid blocks with assigned properties based on logging and testing results. Source: GeothermEx, Petrel* Plug-In for TETRAD
Image: Grid blocks with assigned properties based on logging and testing results. Source: GeothermEx, Petrel* Plug-In for TETRAD

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Leading news: States and Industry Working to Engage Geothermal Possibilities

This post brings you upcoming GEA events, current regulatory considerations in several Western states, and more.

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Above: The map shows public land with considerable amounts of geothermal potential in Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, California and Arizona. At a recent GEA event, John Ruhs, Acting State Director of the Bureau of Land Management in Nevada noted that most of the authorized federal leases for these lands are in Nevada, with 345 authorized leases. California has the second highest number of authorized federal geothermal leases, with 100. Additionally, almost 80% of the Geothermal Drilling Permits have been issued in Nevada over the last 11 years, Ruhs shared in his presentation. Join us at our annual GEA Geothermal Energy Expo this September 20-23 in Reno, Nevada alongside the GRC Annual Meeting.

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Leading news: Geothermal Industry Heads to Oregon for Big Annual Event

This post brings you the week’s “Top news for geothermal development and GEA members,” including the latest on the highly anticipated Geothermal Energy Expo; legislative and regulatory efforts in Nevada, California, and the federal government; and headlines from GEA members Atlas Copco, Dewhurst Group, and Scientific Drilling.

But first:

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Source:Geothermal・・・from FY2010 publication of The Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan, Wind・・・Generated power=installed capacity(2,186 MW(※1)×24hours×365days×capacity utilization(20%) Photovoltaic・・・Generated power=installed capacity(2,627 MW(※2))×24 hours×365 days×capacity utilization(12%) (※1)FY 2009 data from New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) (※2)METI calculated based on FY 2009 data from Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association, etc.

The graph above shows Japan’s generation and installed capacity for geothermal, wind, and photovoltaic. While installed capacity for geothermal was lower than wind and photovoltaic counterparts, at just over 500 MW, the amount of power generated from geothermal (2.9 GWh) stands comparison with photovoltaic (2.8 GWh) and wind (3.8 GWh). Japan has increasingly shown interest in the benefits of geothermal energy; a generous feed-in tariff and attention to the National Park Act are part of the efforts toward developing the country’s vast geothermal resources.

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Leading news: GEA Members are Exploring New Frontiers

This post brings you the week’s “Top news for geothermal development and GEA members,” including the latest updates on the upcoming Geothermal Energy Expo, delegates that will be visiting from East Africa, and comments on energy market tax needs from U.S. Senate leadership.

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Map from EAGP brochure [PDF]
But first, the map above shows geothermal prospect areas in East Africa’s Rift Valley region. This month the Geothermal Energy Association looks forward to hosting delegates from Djibouti, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Uganda here in the U.S. through our Africa-focused sister organization in the USEA, the East Africa Geothermal Partnership. The visiting government and industry officials are interested in working with U.S. companies as they tap into the estimated 15,000 MW of potential geothermal capacity in the Rift Valley area.

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Leading news: Congressional Decisions and Upcoming Events Help Shape the Geothermal Future

This post brings you the week’s “Top news for geothermal development and GEA members,” including news on renewable tax credits, the Ex-Im bank reauthorization, the upcoming Geothermal Energy Expo, the California geothermal market, and more.

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“In the figure, the higher estimated inaction costs appear in red, while the lower estimates appear in orange. These estimated costs provide an initial basis for comparison with the estimated project costs of revitalization or mitigation, shown in black, to demonstrate that the costs of inaction are not zero.” – Pacific Institute

The visual above is from a new Pacific Institute report, “Hazard’s Toll.” The report looks at what the costs will be if issues at the Salton Sea area, including water and air quality decline, are not revitalized or mitigated. Many people assign the cost of inaction to be $0, but the report finds this isn’t the case. “Even at the low estimate, the long–term social and economic costs of a deteriorating Salton Sea could approach $29 billion, well in excess of the project cost of the state’s revitalization plan,” according to the report. The Imperial Irrigation District has proposed the Salton Sea Restoration and Renewable Energy Initiative, which uses geothermal development as an economic catalyst in the sustainability-minded plan.

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Leading news: California Bill Faces Final Hurdles; GEA Welcomes New Members

This post brings you the week’s “Top news for geothermal development and GEA members,” including the latest on California’s S.B. 1139, updates on GEA members, and deadlines coming up for major geothermal events in Portland, Oregon.

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