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Canada: Using Inactive Oil-Wells to Produce Geothermal Energy - Interview With Jonathan Banks

Geothermal Resources Council - Wed, 2019-03-20 22:36
Geothermal oil wells (CBC)

Using inactive oil-wells to produce geothermal energy.

We'll tell you about a pilot project from the University of Alberta that's looking at ways to retrofit an entire oil and gas field in Central Alberta. Jonathan Banks is the pilot project's lead investigator. He's a researcher of Earth and Atmospheric sciences at the University of Alberta.

(Audio 6:09 minutes)

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Canada: Geothermal Students Day in Québec City

Geothermal Resources Council - Wed, 2019-03-20 21:25
1st Canadian Geothermal Students Day

November 2019, Québec City, Québec, Canada
Abstract submission deadline is 30 September

This meeting is the first of its kind to be organized in Canada. It aims to bring  together graduate students to post-doc fellows from Canada’s East to West coasts to discuss and share their research projects related with the field of geothermal energy.

​Our intention with this meeting is to gather students and professionals to create a network where we can help each other enhancing knowledge and technologies to improve the geothermal energy domain in Canada. Beyond inspirational speakers and students presentations, more activities are scheduled, such as a visit to the INRS Open Geothermal Lab.

The Canadian Geothermal Students Day is organized by students, for students, and is intended to take place in a relaxed and friendly environment. Participants must submit an abstract and present their research projects (oral presentations and posters) during the conference. There are no inscription fees for students willing to present their work, any other case please contact us:

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Geothermal Event! Latest Update on the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo 2019

Geothermal Resources Council - Wed, 2019-03-20 19:06
GRC Annual Meeting & Expo 2019

Geothermal: Green Energy for the Long Run
Hotel Accomodation - Book by 21 August
The GRC Annual Meeting & Expo will be held in the Palm Springs Convention Center. The GRC has contracted for a discounted block of rooms at two host hotels. The Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel is attached to the convention center and the Hilton Palm Springs Hotel is just one block away. Rooms are available starting at $150 per night. More Information........

Exhibitor Registration Now Open! - 23 Exhibitors have signed up already!
The GRC invites you to exhibit at our annual geothermal energy conference. Exhibiting at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo offers a tremendous opportunity to meet and network with other members of the geothermal energy community, as well as keep up on the newest advances in relevant technology. More Information.........

Sponsorships are now available. These are great opportunities for companies to get more exposure at the largest annual geothermal energy gathering in the world. Make the geothermal community take notice, become a sponsor now! More Information.........
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Chile: Registration Opens for Geothermal Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean

Geothermal Resources Council - Wed, 2019-03-20 18:40
GEOLAC 2019 - 6th Geothermal Congress for Latin America and the Caribbean (New Energy Events)

July 17-18, 2019, Santiago, Chile

The Geothermal Resources Council is pleased to partner with New Energy Events for GEOLAC 2019, the only annual gathering of the region’s leading geothermal stakeholders.

Registration is now open! Join governments, utilities, developers, and capital providers for the region's only annual geothermal gathering, held July 17-18 in Santiago, Chile. Geothermal Resources Council members receive a 10% discount on registration with the code GRCGEO2019. For more information or to register, please visit
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Costa Rica: Start of Operations at 55 MW Las Pailas II Geothermal Plant Brought Forward to May

Geothermal Resources Council - Wed, 2019-03-20 16:29
Sequía obliga al ICE a adelantar entrada en operación de geotérmica Las Pailas II - Drought forces ICE to advance entry into operation of geothermal Las Pailas II (Delfino)

Pipeline in Las Pailas I, by by Paul Moya.
Taken in July 2011. GRC Photo Contest 2016.El Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) decidió adelantar un mes la integración de la Planta Geotérmica Las Pailas II al Sistema Eléctrico Nacional (SEN) debido a los efectos que ha tenido en la generación hidroeléctrica la sequía que atraviesa el país.

Según informó la empresa estatal mediante un comunicado, el proyecto de 55 megavatios de capacidad instalada entrará en operaciones en mayo y no en junio como se tenía inicialmente previsto, convirtiéndose en la primera planta geotérmica de Costa Rica con el 100% de sus pozos perforados con técnica direccional y no vertical.

(From Google Translate) The Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) decided to advance one month the integration of the Las Pailas II Geothermal Plant to the National Electric System (SEN) due to the effects that the drought that the country has been experiencing has had on hydroelectric generation.
According to the state-owned company, the 55-megawatt installed capacity project will start operations in May and not June as originally planned, becoming the first geothermal plant in Costa Rica with 100% of its wells drilled with Directional technique and not vertical.
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USA, California: Ormat Signs PPA for 16 MW from Casa Diablo-IV Geothermal Project

Geothermal Resources Council - Wed, 2019-03-20 16:06
Ormat Signs a 25-Year PPA With SCPPA for Its Casa Diablo-IV Geothermal Power Plant in California (News Release)

Casa Diablo Geothermal Field - Hillside Overlook.
By Mark A. Hoppe, Belmower, California, USA.
GRC Photo Contest 2017Ormat Technologies Inc. today announced the signing of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between a subsidiary of the Company and Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA). Under the PPA, SCPPA will purchase 16 MW of power generated by the expected 30MW Casa Diablo-IV (CD4) geothermal project located in Mammoth Lakes, California. SCPPA will resell the output to the City of Colton in the County of San Bernardino in Southern California.

The CD4 power plant will be the first geothermal power plant built within the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) balancing authority in the last 30 years. The 16 MW of energy deliveries under the PPA will begin no later than the end of 2021 with an extension option. The PPA is for a term of 25 years and has a fixed price of $68 per MWh. Ormat intends to sell the balance of 14 MW to other offtakers or at the spot market.

“The Colton Electric Department looks forward to taking delivery of energy from a geothermal facility as the cornerstone of our renewable resources,” said, Colton Mayor, Frank Navarro. “CD4 will be a long-term, renewable resource with no greenhouse gas emissions and will provide resource adequacy capacity and energy at an affordable price to Colton’s ratepayers. CD4 will provide almost 25 percent of Colton’s annual energy supplies. This power purchase agreement with Ormat for CD4 demonstrates Colton’s commitment to a green economy with affordable energy prices for our citizen’s while committing to zero emission sustainable resources.”

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USA, California: Next Meeting of the SoCal Section of the Geothermal Resources Council

Geothermal Resources Council - Wed, 2019-03-20 15:46
SoCal GRC Meeting

9 April, 3:30 pm, Stockmen's Club, Brawley, California
Sponsored by Sinclair Well Products and Services. 

This meeting will feature an Industry Showcase – presenters from companies working in the area will tell us about their projects, products and services -- really highlighting the vibrancy of the Southern California Geothermal Industry.

If you are interested in participating please get in touch with Jon Trujillo or Mary Mann - there are limited speaking spots remaining.
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Preview of the Next Geothermal Energy Magazine from the GRC

Geothermal Resources Council - Tue, 2019-03-19 22:45
Coming Soon - GRC Bulletin - Vol. 48, No. 2, March/April 2019

The March/April issue of the GRC Bulletin will be published next week. Produced by the Geothermal Resources Council since 1972, the Bulletin is the voice of the international geothermal energy community.

In the next jam-packed issue:
  • President’s Message, by Andy Sabin
  • Executive Director's Message, by William Pettitt
  • Inside Geothermal: Geothermal energy news from around the world
  • FORGE Ahead - Roadmap Released, by Alexis M.W. McKittrick
  • The Utah Frontier Observatory for Geothermal Research (FORGE): Results of Recent Drilling and Geoscientific Surveys, by Joseph Moore
  • First Field Scale Test of Closed Loop Geothermal to be Conducted at Coso California, by John R. Muir
  • GeoCoat – High Performance Coatings For Aggressive Geothermal Environments, by Geo-Coat consortium
  • Geothermal History in the Making - A Single Wellhead Generator on the Big Island of Hawai'i
  • Corporate Profile - Ormat Technologies
  • Publications, Websites, Video & Maps
  • Calendar of Events
The GRC Bulletin is only available online to GRC members. To make sure of your copy join the GRC today!
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USA, Ohio: New Geothermal Power Plant Design Uses CO2 to Boost Production

Geothermal Resources Council - Tue, 2019-03-19 18:56
Can We Turn Unwanted Carbon Dioxide Into Electricity? (Ohio State University)

Researchers are developing a new kind of geothermal power plant that will lock away unwanted carbon dioxide (CO2) underground – and use it as a tool to boost electric power generation by at least 10 times compared to existing geothermal energy approaches.

The new power plant design resembles a cross between a typical geothermal power plant and the Large Hadron Collider: It features a series of concentric rings of horizontal wells deep underground. Inside those rings, CO2, nitrogen and water circulate separately to draw heat from below ground up to the surface, where the heat can be used to turn turbines and generate electricity.

The design contrasts with conventional geothermal plants, explained study co-author Jeffrey Bielicki, assistant professor of energy policy in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering and the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University.

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USA, Nevada: New Legislation Would Require 50% Renewables by 2030

Geothermal Resources Council - Tue, 2019-03-19 18:21
Nevada Senator Proposes 50% Renewable Portfolio Standard (North American Windpower)

Sen. Chris BrooksState Sen. Chris Brooks, D-Nevada, has introduced legislation that would increase Nevada’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 50% by 2030.

The bill would ensure the Silver State’s electricity providers meet at least 50% of customers’ energy needs with clean, renewable sources – including wind, solar and geothermal – by 2030.

It also sets a goal of producing electricity from zero-carbon emission resources, equal to 100% of the state utilities’ sales, by 2050. Nevada currently requires 20% of its electricity to come from renewable energy sources, with that target increasing to 25% by 2025.

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Philippines: New Group Aims to Stimulate Awareness, Dialogue and Exchange of Ideas for Renewable Energy in Negros Oriental

Geothermal Resources Council - Tue, 2019-03-19 18:06
GeoSkwela: Engaging the youth for a greener energy future (Sun.Star)

GeoSkwela is one such opportunity especially geared toward Negrense students. It is a pioneering event organized by geothermal leader Energy Development Corporation (EDC) to bring them closer to experts, academicians and inspirational figures who share in the advocacy of cleaner energy and sustainability.
It aims to continuously stimulate awareness, dialogue and exchange of ideas on this topic in line with Negros Oriental’s commitment to cleaner energy sources, primarily geothermal.
These individuals serve as mentors whose life and career experiences prove that sustainability is not only feasible or possible, but a way of life that is truly rewarding—not just for one’s self, but for others and the entire community.
The maiden GeoSkwela event was held at Silliman University on March 7, in support of the first-ever Renewable Energy Day on March 5 as declared in an Executive Order No. 22-18 by Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Ragay Degamo.
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Finance: Geothermal Appears Favorable in Levelized Cost of Electricity Study

Geothermal Resources Council - Tue, 2019-03-19 16:48
Levelised Costs of Electricity for Renewable Energy Technologies in ASEAN Member States II (News Release)

The ASEAN-German Energy Programme (AGEP), a jointly implemented project by the ACE and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) conducted a follow-up study to the previous Levelised Cost of Electricity of Selected Renewable Technologies in the ASEAN Member States released in November 2016.

This second study aims to determine the current levelised costs of electricity (LCOE) of solar photovoltaic, hydropower, wind, biomass, and geothermal.

With a total 134 projects evaluated, the study is expected to offer a better understanding of the LCOE for the five renewables technologies, and further identify necessary policies to encourage fair competition between renewables and conventional fossil fuel-based power plants in the ASEAN Member States.

The publication can be downloaded here.
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Indonesia: Possible Geothermal Energy Resources Attract Chinese Investors in North Sulawesi Province

Geothermal Resources Council - Tue, 2019-03-19 16:28
Chinese investors keen to manage N Sulawesi's geothermal sources (Antara

Several Chinese investors have expressed keen interest in managing geothermal sources in Tomohon city, North Sulawesi province, an official said.
"A number of investors are interested in managing geothermal sources in Tomohon city," Head of the North Sulawesi Provincial Investment and Integrated One-Stop Service Henry Kaitjily said in Manado on Tuesday.
The geothermal sources have the potential to generate 1,400 megawatts of electrical power. However, only 200 megawatts of electricity have been produced, he said.
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Commonwealth of Dominica: World Bank Approves Funding of 7 MW Geothermal Power Project

Geothermal Resources Council - Tue, 2019-03-19 16:14
First World Bank Geothermal Investment in the Caribbean for a Greener and Resilient Future (News Release)

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved US$27 million project to support the construction of a 7 MW small geothermal power plant in the Commonwealth of Dominica, which aims to increase the share of renewables, diversify the country’s energy matrix, and identify a clear road map for private sector investment in geothermal development.
The Geothermal Risk Mitigation Project is expected to significantly lower electricity costs in Dominica and increase the share of renewable energy in the country’s energy mix from 25 to 51 percent, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 38,223 tons of CO2 per year. It will also assess the potential to export homegrown geothermal energy to its neighbors.
The project will be implemented by the Dominica Geothermal Development Company Ltd and is financed by a US$17.2 million credit from the International Development Association (IDA), US$9.95 million from the Clean Technology Fund (CTF), as well as grants from the UK’s Department for International Development - US$10 million from DFID and US$2 million the Small Island Developing States DOCK Initiative - and technical assistance from the Government of New Zealand and the Agence Française de Développement.
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Education: Free Online Course in Reservoir Geomechanics

Geothermal Resources Council - Mon, 2019-03-18 21:37
Free Course - Reservoir Geomechanics (Stanford University)

Cost: Free
Classes Start: March 31, 2019
Classes End: June 12, 2019

This interdisciplinary course encompasses the fields of rock mechanics, structural geology, earthquake seismology and petroleum engineering to address a wide range of geomechanical problems that arise during the exploitation of oil and gas reservoirs.
The course considers key practical issues such as prediction of pore pressure, estimation of hydrocarbon column heights and fault seal potential, determination of optimally stable well trajectories, casing set points and mud weights, changes in reservoir performance during depletion, and production-induced faulting and subsidence. The first part of the course establishes the basic principles involved in a way that allows readers from different disciplinary backgrounds to understand the key concepts.
The course is intended for geoscientists and engineers in the petroleum and geothermal industries, and for research scientists interested in stress measurements and their application to problems of faulting and fluid flow in the crust. Enroll in the Course........
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Philippines: Kalinga Geothermal Power Project Almost Ready to Start Drilling

Geothermal Resources Council - Mon, 2019-03-18 21:27
Aragorn prepares geothermal drilling (Manila Standard)

Aragorn Power and Energy Corp., a unit of listed APC Group Inc., and partners are ready to explore and drill for the proposed 120-megawatt Kalinga geothermal power project in Pasil, Kalinga province.
APC, in a report to the Philippine Stock Exchange, said Apec had already completed sub-phases 1 and 2 covering the geochemical and geophysical surveys for the $300-million geothermal project. 
It said Apec was in the sub-phase 3 stage of the project, and had already secured a certificate of non-coverage from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for access on roads construction, improvement of existing roads and drilling of well-pads. 
The surveys for the detailed engineering design of these roads and well pads have been completed, while right-of-way negotiations, supplier bidding and contract preparations related to the road construction and drilling will follow.
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Canada: Potential for Geothermal Energy in Alberta - New Report

Geothermal Resources Council - Mon, 2019-03-18 20:18
Northern Alberta Geothermal Potential Mapping Report (NADC)

In December 2017, the Northern Alberta Development Council (NADC) provided grant funding to the Alberta Community and Co-Operative Association (ACCA) to conduct a feasibility study on the geothermal energy potential in northern Alberta. ACCA contracted Terrapin Geothermics Inc. to conduct a high-level geothermal resource evaluation for a representative sampling of 42 northern Alberta communities.

The project created location-specific research reports that provide high-level technical overviews of geothermal resource potential, considering both the potential temperatures to be found and unique geological considerations in the targeted communities.The research identifies three types of potentially viable projects: power production, direct use, or direct heat.

Findings from the report include 42 northern Alberta communities demonstrate potential for geothermal activities; 31 northern Alberta communities have suitable temperatures and basic geological factors to support further investigation into direct use opportunities; and, 12 northern Alberta communities contain suitable temperatures and geological factors to support further investigation into power generation.

The information has potential to identify further exploration and development in northern Alberta, and could inform future feasibility and early investment decisions. Download the report.........

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Indonesia: 8th ITB International Geothermal Workshop 2019 is This Week!

Geothermal Resources Council - Mon, 2019-03-18 18:30
Register Now for IIGW 2019!

20-21 March, 2019
8th ITB International Geothermal Workshop 2019
Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung, Indonesia

Workshop Agenda ~ Pre and Mid Workshop Courses ~ Field Trip ~ Field Camp ~ Registration ~ Hotels Nearby
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Kenya: Single Geothermal Wells With a Capacity of 30 MW or More!

Geothermal Resources Council - Mon, 2019-03-18 17:07
Whose is bigger – KenGen’s or GDC’s? (Energy Siren)

Well Cleanout, by Piyush Bakane,
Olkaria, summer 2017.
GRC Photo Contest 2017.Power producers KenGen and Geothermal Development Company (GDC) are locked in a supremacy tussle with both laying claim to a geothermal energy title, too lofty and glittering to cede.
The government-owned companies each claim their geothermal wells are the largest in Kenya and in Africa. Analysts have cited the rivalry as healthy and one that points the country in the right direction in the quest to growing its stock of green energy.
KenGen, in showcasing its milestones, claimed its single most productive well in Naivasha’s Olkaria steamfields is the largest in Africa and among the top five globally with a capacity to produce 30 megawatts (MW) of geothermal electricity.
KenGen’s wonder well, known as Olkaria OW-921, was sunk five years ago at a depth of 3km underneath the ground.
On the other hand, the Geothermal Development Company (GDC) holds that the Africa title goes to its Well 1A at Menengai fields in Nakuru, since its capacity of 30.6 MW is slightly higher than KenGen’s best performing well at 30 MW.
At 30 MW, Kenya’s best performing steam wells are not far behind from the world’s best drilled in Indonesia and California with up to 40 MW per well.
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Education: $14,000 in Educational Awards Announced by Geothermal Resources Council

Geothermal Resources Council - Mon, 2019-03-18 07:30
Geothermal Resources Council Announces Scholarships (News Release)

Total of $14,000 in educational awards to be given to eight students in the global geothermal energy community

John Grill, Estefanía Ramírez Restrepo and Yuran Zhang
received their awards at last year's GRC Annual Meeting & ExpoThe Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) is pleased to announce the availability of the 2019 GRC Scholarship Awards.

To qualify for any of these awards a student must be a GRC member (student memberships are only $20 per year). Selection of recipients will be based upon a variety of factors, including the individual’s academic record, student activities, geothermal industry experience, and career goals.

The following awards are available:

  • Five (5) Marcelo Lippmann Graduate Scholarship Awards of $2500 – to be eligible for one of these awards, the candidate must be enrolled in a graduate-level program at an accredited academic institution at the time of the award (Fall 2019). If selected, each recipient is required to submit a paper on his/her research (or research progress) to be published in the GRC Transactions and deliver results at the meeting as either a poster or oral presentation. If the recipient presents in the year of the award then the full $2500 is awarded at that time; if the recipient defers to present/publish the following year then $750 is withheld until the following year when the recipient presents.
  • Three (3) GRC Undergraduate Scholarship Awards of $500  – to be eligible for one of these awards, the candidate must be a third or fourth year undergraduate at an accredited academic institution at the time of the award (Fall 2019). 

Applications must be received by May 24, 2019 to be considered.

For application instructions and other details see the announcement on the GRC website at:

Please direct questions regarding the scholarship awards to: Brian Schmidt, or 530-758-2360, ext. 104
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