Washington looks to build up its geothermal energy capacity

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New legislation aims to streamline the use of geothermal energy in the state Washington legislators have passed a new bill that aims to streamline the state’s use of geothermal energy. The state has shown some interest in this form of clean power recently, but has been slow to embrace geothermal power when compared to its neighbors. Washington already uses a heavy mix of clean power sources, but is now looking to ensure that geothermal energy plays a larger role in its sustainable future. Washington has been somewhat slow in developing…

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Ambitious geothermal energy project in Iceland successfully completes its first phase

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Iceland Deep Drilling Project has completed drilling into a volcano Geologists and engineers in Iceland have successfully completed the first stage of the Iceland Deep Drilling Project, focused on gauging the economic feasibility of unconventional geothermal energy resources. The project involved drilling deep into the heart of a volcano. Drilling such a borehole is quite risky, but the project has managed to reach its target depth. Now, researchers will determine how the volcano can be used to generate geothermal energy in an effective manner. Project drills 2.9 miles into a…

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Geothermal energy project in Vancouver is one of the most unique in the world

A structure in the Canadian city is being retrofitted with a “rechargeable battery”. The $2 million geothermal energy project is taking place in downtown Vancouver at Cadillac Fairview’s 777 Dunsmuir Street Property, which is being converted from its steam system to a geo-exchange system to provide heating and cooling. New drilling technology was utilized for the project. The plan consists of drilling 30 boreholes 400 feet into the ground and should take about six months to complete. However, the dense urban environment presented Fēnix Energy, the company in charge of…

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Geothermal energy project in Kenya to expand power production capacity

The east African country is seeking investors to build two geothermal power facilities. Kenya is looking for investors that would be interested in funding and constructing two power generation plants that would both be designed to produce 30 megawatts (MW) of electricity, which would come from geothermal energy. Kenya contains an abundance of geothermal resources. Currently, Kenya’s energy production capacity is around 1,700 MW, but by 2017 its goal is to increase its national electricity grid by 5,000 MW. This would help to reduce tariffs and lower energy costs. According…

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Geothermal energy development rights gained by leading renewable energy company

U.S. Geothermal Inc. acquires property in Vale, Oregon. Known for developing, producing, and selling geothermal powered electricity, U.S. Geothermal Inc., one of America’s top geothermal energy companies, recently announced that it has newly acquired lease property within the Vale Butte geothermal resource area for the evaluation of a new project. The project site is located 12 miles from their Neal Hot Springs geothermal power plant. In total, 368 acres of geothermal energy and surface rights are included in the lease package that U.S. Geothermal newly purchased from the City of…

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Geothermal energy receives more attention in Iceland

Energy investment program receives strong support from Geothermal Cluster Startup Energy Reykjavik, an investment program that is focused on renewable energy, has received the support of Iceland’s Geothermal Cluster, a coalition of organizations that have a prominent presence in the nation’s geothermal energy sector. Iceland has had a strong focus on geothermal power for some time and is positioned in a part of the world that is littered with volcanoes and somewhat notorious for its geological activity. The country’s access to geothermal power has made a fossil-free future possible, though…

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Djibouti sets sights on geothermal energy

Djibouti to invest heavily in geothermal power for the sake of economic stability and energy independence Djibouti, a small nation on the eastern coast of Africa, has announced ambitious plans concerning clean energy. Like other African countries, Djibouti has taken a strong interest in clean power because of the economic stability is represents. While clean technologies also represent an expensive investment, renewable energy has the potential to help countries save a significant amount of money in terms of energy costs. Through the adoption of renewable energy, countries are able to…

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Geothermal energy receives the support of the World Bank

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World Bank announces plans to fund geothermal energy projects The World Bank, one of the largest financial institutions in the world, has announced that it will be providing funding for international geothermal energy projects. The institution has been showing increasing support for renewable energy in recent years, citing economic concerns regarding the effects of climate change, as well as the economic benefits of clean forms of power. Geothermal energy has received modest attention from the institution in the past, but new funding from the World Bank is expected to help…

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South Africa expands focus on alternative energy news

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South Africa looks to diversify alternative energy portfolio South Africa is taking yet another step toward embracing a future powered by alternative energy. Currently, the country is one of the largest coal consumers in the world. The government has been working to move away from fossil-fuels in recent years, however, with ambitious plans for hydrogen fuel and fuel cell technology. Now, South Africa is looking to diversify its alternative energy portfolio through the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Program. Initiative funds 28 new solar, wind, and geothermal energy projects The…

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