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  1. DOE interested in up to 250 MW of geothermal resources in California

    The Federal Energy Management Program Office at the Department of Energy will announce in the Aug. 31 Federal Register that it has released a request for information on the availability of new construction geothermal electricity in the Salton Sea area to serve regional federal load. The purpose of the request is to gather industry input on options available to the federal government for a potential aggregated power purchase of 100 MW–250 MW of new construction geothermal electricity generated in the Salton Sea area, within Riverside and Imperial counties, California , for delivery over a ten-year or twenty-year contract period to serve regional federal load. Written comments and information on the request are requested on or before Sept. 29. The regional federal load would be located in one or more Arizona counties - Pima, Pinal, Maricopa, Yuma and La Paz - and/or the California counties of Imperial, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange and Los Angeles. Because FEMP is familiar with the solar and wind resources available in the area, this request is focused solely on new geothermal electricity. One means of facilitating the development of new renewable resources is through the use of long-term power purchase contracts, whereby a third party funds, develops, operates, maintains and owns a renewable energy project, and a federal agency (or other customer) commits to purchase the energy, capacity and/or renewable energy certificates (RECs) from the project owner. For the purposes of this request, new geothermal resources are defined as those which are not in service as of the date of this request. Questions that interested parties need to answer include: ·      Describe local new geothermal electricity generation options in the Salton Sea area, which is within the Riverside and Imperial Counties of California, to serve from 100 MW–250 MW of federal load. ·      Describe the optimal delivery point(s) for the electricity and whether deliveries would be around the clock. ·      Describe the optimal contract term for any potential power purchase contract. Some federal agencies have longer term contracting authorities than others. For example, the Department of Defense has 30-year contracting authority, whereas civilian agencies are typically limited to a ten-year contract, or may pursue a ten-year contract with a unilateral ten-year option for the government to renew. ·      Identify any transmission, congestion, or infrastructure issues that could impact potential projects in the Salton Sea area. ·      For the purposes of this request, FEMP is interested in projects with an estimated price per kWh at or below the 2014 average retail price for electricity in California, calculated at 15.15 cents per kWh by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Describe what variables or considerations can impact the price and provide options for different types of pricing including: fixed rate, fixed rate with fixed escalation, and base rate with indexed inflation. ·      Specify whether RECs would be included in the sale of electricity and describe the optimal REC ownership arrangement.

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    Wed, 31 Aug 2016

  2. 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 ...

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    Thu, 25 Aug 2016

  3. Oil and Gas News: Suit: California failed to study oil well impact on water

    Environmentalists sued state agencies Wednesday to halt oil well injections into a federally protected aquifer near California's Central Coast.

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    Thu, 4 Aug 2016

  4. Energy Department to invest $3mn to locate geothermal resources

    The U.S. Department of Energy will invest $3 million to spur geothermal energy development using play fairway analysis.

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    Fri, 31 Jan 2014

  1. ONRR to update civil penalty regulations for first time since 1999

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    Fri, 29 Jul 2016

  2. CEO Gilles: Challenge in Geothermal is to 'Level Playing Field' with Wind, Solar

    The current challenge for the geothermal energy industry is what U.S. Geothermal CEO Dennis Gilles calls “leveling the playing field” with wind and solar. “We’re competing with the wind and solar companies,” Gilles said during the Geothermal Resources Council 39th Annual Meeting opening session in ...

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    Wed, 23 Sep 2015

  3. Natural Gas: Gas storage field closed by leak could open by summer's end

    The Southern California Gas Co. said Thursday that a huge natural gas storage field closed by a months long leak should reopen by late summer.

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    Fri, 8 Apr 2016

  4. Top 5 Reasons To Be Optimistic About Geothermal in the US

    Joe Greco, Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) board chairman and Terra-Gen Power senior vice president, outlined the top five reasons to be optimistic about geothermal in the U.S. during his opening address at the Geothermal Resources Council 39th Annual Meeting and GEA Geothermal Energy Expo on ...

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    Mon, 21 Sep 2015

  5. Geothermal Visual: GEA Urges EPA to Include Geothermal in Clean Energy Incentive Program

    As part of the Clean Power Plan, EPA has proposed an early incentive program to reward investments in renewable energy generation. The proposal, however, only includes some renewable technologies and while wind and solar are included, geothermal is not.

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    Fri, 20 Nov 2015

  6. Geothermal Exploration Begins on Saint Kitts, Caribbean

    Guadeloupe-based engineering company Teranov said on Nov. 11 that it started geothermal exploration in Saint Kitts in the Caribbean.

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    Fri, 13 Nov 2015

  7. Mitsubishi enters geothermal power business in Indonesia

    Wayang Windu, which owns about 13,000 hectares of contract area, is known as one of the world's largest geothermal resources with a potential gross capacity of 420 MW

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    Thu, 18 Oct 2012

  8. Latin America to capitalise on geothermal potential

    The potential of conventional geothermal resources in Latin America could be as high as 300 TWh per year, believes the Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme.

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    Mon, 13 Aug 2012

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