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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. Kenya receives $330m World Bank loan to exploit geothermal resources

    Kenya’s efforts to develop its vast geothermal resources will get a major boost from a $330m concessional loan from the World Bank.

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    Thu, 3 Jun 2010

  3. 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

  4. EIA: U.S. has large geothermal resources , but recent growth is slower than wind or solar

    According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), geothermal is one of the main renewable energy sources used to generate U.S. electricity even though its growth has not been as strong as wind and solar over the last three years.

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    Mon, 21 Nov 2011

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

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    Wed, 23 Sep 2015

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

    The US Office of Natural Resources Revenue will update its civil penalties on Aug. 1 for the first time since May 1999, the US Department of the Interior agency reported. Legislation, legal decisions, and recommendations from oversight entities drove the need to modernize and improve its civil ...

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    Fri, 29 Jul 2016

  3. 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

  4. Geothermal Assisted Power Generation for Thermal Power Plants

    As coal-fired power plants rarely exist near conventional geothermal resources , some have drawn the incorrect conclusion that GAPG is of little value or can only be applied in rare cases

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    Tue, 3 Feb 2015

  5. 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

  6. Asia roundup: Geothermal in Japan and The Philippines

    Japan’s Environment Ministry will ease restrictions on geothermal development activities in national or quasi-national parks. Reports have estimated 80% of Japan’s geothermal resources are located in these parks.

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    Wed, 9 Sep 2015

  7. 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

  8. 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

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