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  1. Agencies release SoCal winter energy reliability plan

    California state and local agencies released an action plan to keep natural gas and electrical service reliable this winter in Southern California while operations remain limited at the Aliso Canyon underground gas storage facility near Los Angeles. They also scheduled an Aug. 26 public workshop about it in Diamond Bar, east of Los Angeles. The Southern California Gas Co. operation remains prohibited from injecting and storing more gas until a comprehensive safety review is completed and the facility’s wells are deemed safe or removed from service, the California Energy Commission, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Independent System Operator, and Los Angeles Department of Water & Power jointly said on Aug. 22. The action plan found that while risks to energy systems still exist due to the uncertainly of weather and system conditions without Aliso Canyon, conservation and other mitigation measures will help to meet the energy needs of Southern California this winter, they indicated. Their announcement came as US Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), whose district includes the San Fernando Valley, recommended several steps to the Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources Division in California’s Department of Conservation to strengthen gas storage regulation in the Golden State. The US Department of Energy and US Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration launched an interagency taskforce to examine gas-storage safety in early April after a leak from the Aliso Canyon storage facility took months to stop and forced the evacuation of the nearby Porter Ranch housing division ( OGJ Online, Apr. 4, 2016 ). The four agencies said their plan calls for implementing 10 new measures to reduce the possibility of gas and power interruptions this winter. The measures are in addition to ones which were implemented this summer. They include: • Encouraging gas conservation during cold weather. • Strengthening the demand response program. • Extending noncore balancing rules. • Adding balancing rules for core customers. • Establishing a maximum consumption level for power generators. • Requiring reports on restoring pipeline service. • Identifying additional gas supplies. • Preparing to buy LNG. • Updating the Aliso Canyon withdrawal protocol. • Monitoring gas use at area refineries. The Aliso Canyon facility, which is the state’s largest and ranks fifth nationwide, has operated for decades to provide gas to local customers and power plants, and has never before been constrained at current levels, the agencies noted. A CPUC order preserved 15 bcf of gas there for use during peak demand periods to avoid energy interruptions. In his Aug. 22 letter to State Oil and Gas Supervisor Kenneth Harris, Sherman made several suggestions for the division’s gas storage program regulation discussion draft, including the idea that no one gas storage facility should be so large that its closure would adversely affect the statewide economy or cause a significant portion of the state to be without heating, cooling, or electricity. He also recommended that each well have both a deep subsurface positive pressure safety valve and a surface safety valve so that wells can be shut off in the event of a leak, and that each well be equipped with appropriate gauges and monitors which the public could view online. Contact Nick Snow at nicks@pennwell.com .

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    Thu, 25 Aug 2016

  2. Enel, heading towards a geothermal energy world

    In the last 10 years, the world’s installed capacity of geothermal energy has increased from 9,000 MW to about 13,000 MW, and it will continue to grow at an exponential rate.

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    Wed, 17 Aug 2016

  3. Siemens to supply compact steam turbines to Great Britain and U.S. biomass power plants

    Three SST-040 turbines have been ordered by Kara Energy Systems for biomass power plants in Great Britain, while Airclean Energy has placed an order for six SST-110 compact steam turbines.

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    Mon, 8 Aug 2016

  4. Line maintenance: Fecon announces Tri-State Bobcat as dealer

    Construction equipment: Fecon announces Tri-State Bobcat as an authorized Fecon Dealer covering Minnesota and portions of Wisconsin and Iowa. Tri-State Bobcat will offer Fecon’s proven line of Bull Hog Mulchers, FTX Track Carriers (ranging from 97 - 600 hp) and various other forestry attachments.

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    Tue, 9 Aug 2016

  1. Spanish involvement in Filipino geothermal power project

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    Thu, 8 Oct 2015

  2. Nevada geothermal power plant dedicated by Italian PM

    Italy was the site of the first geothermal experiment a century ago 

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    Tue, 29 Mar 2016

  3. Mitsubishi Materials, Partner Set Up Geothermal Power Venture

    Mitsubishi Materials Corp. and Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Co. set up a venture with plans to develop a geothermal power project in Japan ’s northern prefecture of Iwate.

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    Fri, 30 Oct 2015

  4. Geothermal power project unveiled in Cornwall

    A demonstration of the UK’s potential for geothermal power was held in Rosemanowes in Cornwall on Friday to see how heat naturally present underground could be used to produce clean, safe, renewable energy.

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    Fri, 3 Oct 2014

  5. Ormat Technologies to Acquire Caribbean Geothermal Power Plant Stake

    Ormat Technologies (NYSE: ORA) signed a binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) to gradually acquire 85 percent of the Bouillante geothermal plant for approximately $56 million on Guadeloupe Island, a French territory in the Caribbean.

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    Mon, 14 Dec 2015

  6. Toshiba to supply key equipment for new geothermal power plant

    Toshiba has won a major order in Turkey to supply key equipment for Zorlu Energy's Alasehir geothermal power plant to be built in Alasehir.

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    Wed, 8 Jan 2014

  7. EIA: US Geothermal power generation to quadruple by 2040

    U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects that geothermal electricity generation could more than quadruple between 2012 and 2040.

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    Mon, 15 Sep 2014

  8. Sri Lanka eyes geothermal power

    Nine sites in Sri Lanka have been identified as appropriate for geothermal power generation in a preliminary study by Professor C B Dissanayaka, director of Sri Lankas Institute of Fundamental Studies.

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    Thu, 29 Sep 2011

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