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Geothermal is the ugly duckling of renewable energy and is often overlooked in preference to wind and solar. However, comprehensive renewable energy policy should include provisions for geothermal energy. In some regions, especially around the Ring of Fire, geothermal is a major source of renewably-generated electricity. Today, geothermal power plants supply 4% of California's electricity consumption--as much as wind or solar. It can do much more.

Taiwan splits power FIT for geothermal for sizes under and above 2 MW

February 10, 2022,   by Alexander Richter

Taiwan has announced the split of the feed-in-tariff available to geothermal power plants for sizes under and above 2 MW in installed capacity.

Category: Taiwan FIT, News on Geothermal

Colleges see untapped potential in geothermal district energy systems

February 7, 2022,   by Frank Jossi

Minnesota’s Carleton College is among a growing list of schools investing in the centuries-old technology as part of a path to eliminating greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 or sooner.

Category: News on Geothermal

First commercial geothermal power plant comes into operation in Taiwan

December 1, 2021,   by Adam Hwang

Chingshuei Geothermal Power (CGP) has inaugurated a geothermal power plant in Yilan County, northeastern Taiwan - the first established by private investors for commercial operation in Taiwan,...

Category: News on Geothermal

Geothermal power plants in Japan quadruple since 2011 nuke accident

November 6, 2021,  

The number of geothermal power plants in Japan has quadrupled since the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima, northeastern Japan, according to industry data.

Category: News on Geothermal

Japan’s government pushing geothermal exploration and development

August 27, 2021,   by Alexander Richter

Earlier this year, we reported on plans of the Japanese government to push geothermal development with deregulation efforts. So together with great feed-in-tariff support, now it seems geothermal is...

Category: Japan FIT, News on Geothermal

Why Canada’s geothermal industry is finally gaining ground

September 12, 2020,   by Lesley Evans Ogden

Heat from below the Earth’s surface has provided a reliable source of electricity for decades in many countries — but not Canada. Now, several projects underway in western provinces could herald a...

Category: News on Geothermal

Lithium Can Be Extracted From Groundwater At Geothermal Installations

July 19, 2020,   by Steve Hanley

Scientists at the KIT Energy Center at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology say there is enough lithium dissolved in the groundwater extracted by German geothermal heating and electricity...

Category: Electric Vehicles, News on Geothermal

Baden-Wuerttemberg Discovers Geothermal Energy: Will Germany Follow?

July 15, 2020,   by Paul Hockenos

Bavaria has 20 deep-well plants and more in planning. Now its neighbor state in the south, Baden-Wuerttemberg, is picking up the thread. Deep geothermal energy is to become a cornerstone of its...

Category: News on Geothermal

Germany’s geothermal sector is struggling to take off

June 15, 2020,   by Paul Hockenos

While geothermal energy is a viable alternative to curb emissions for heating and cooling, fears and high costs have limited its expansion. But Bavaria and now Baden Wurttemberg are forging ahead....

Category: News on Geothermal, Germany FIT

New geothermal feed-in-tariffs for Indonesia expected in the coming months

February 5, 2020,   by Alexander Richter

With the preparation of new presidential regulation of new feed-in-tariffs for renewable energy, the Indonesian geothermal sector is hoping it will provide sufficient incentive for much needed...

Category: News on Geothermal

Haiwee Geothermal Development Update

February 3, 2020,   by Bryan Hatchell

Friends of the Inyo is pushing back against the rollback conservation protections while showing support for the project only within the established Development Focus Area.

Category: News on Geothermal

Geothermal Has to Step Up to Keep Europe Warm and Hit Climate Targets

January 23, 2020,   by Paul Hockenos

Long renewable energy’s black sheep, this multitasking energy source has a bright future but only if geothermal developers can dispel the myths around it while lowering the risks to development.

Category: News on Geothermal

Lacking guarantee for favourable FIT for geothermal in France big concern for industry

January 22, 2020,   by Alexander Richter

The new draft of legislation on multi-annual energy planning for France raises big concerns by the geothermal sector in France as in its current form does not provide for any guarantees of favourable...

Category: News on Geothermal, France FIT

Indonesia preparing change to more favourable geothermal feed-in-tariffs

January 6, 2020,  

With current pricing scheme not interesting to investors, Indonesia now preparing improved geothermal feed-in-tariff structure based on the investment value or project economics.

Category: News on Geothermal, Indonesia FIT

Success of the Holzkirchen combined geothermal heat and power project

September 23, 2019,   by Alexander Richter

The combined geothermal heat and power plant of Holzkirchen in Bavaria/ Germany has been a great success for the municipality, while further expansion could be an option but then in cooperation with...

Category: News on Geothermal

Geothermal Energy Ltd. Completes 3.2 Mile Deep Well In UK

September 13, 2019,   by Steve Hanley

The deepest and hottest geothermal wells in the world have been completed after 10 months of drilling at United Downs in the southwest of England near Falmouth. The $22 million wells are 3.1 miles...

Category: News on Geothermal

Government regulations holding back geothermal development in Indonesia

August 19, 2019,   by Alexander Richter

Government regulations are holding back geothermal development in Indonesia, according to Riki Ibrahim, MD of PT GeoDipa Energi. The validity of feed-in-tariffs with PT PLN is considered too long...

Category: News on Geothermal

Geothermal to keep FIT in Japan, while auction system is introduced for solar and wind

August 9, 2019,   by Alexander Richter

The Japanese government has adapted the feed-in-tariff (FIT) system for renewable energy technologies, introducing a wholesale/ tender system for solar and wind, while geothermal, biomass and...

Category: Japan FIT, News on Geothermal

New regulations to simplify permitting for geothermal exploration in France

July 26, 2019,   by Alexander Richter

The Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition in France has presented new regulation that would modify provisions in the French Mining Code, aimed at simplifying and clarifying legal framework...

Category: News on Geothermal

Unlocking Japan's geothermal energy potential

March 9, 2019,   by Steve McClure

Renewable energy sources such as geothermal have been getting more attention since the 2011 Fukushima disaster exposed the risk — or folly — of nuclear power. . . One expert says geothermal power...

Category: News on Geothermal

Interview with Frank Schoof on geothermal development success in The Netherlands

February 21, 2019,   by Alexander Richter

The role of the government was also important, with the putting in place of a risk-guarantee fund and feed-in tariff for heat.

Category: News on Geothermal, Netherlands FIT

Small-scale ORC supplier ElectaTherm exceeds one million hours of cumulative fleet runtime

November 8, 2018,   by Alexander Richter

ElectraTherm utilizes Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) and proprietary technologies to generate up to 110kWe of electricity from low temperature water ranging from 77-122°C.

Category: News on Geothermal

Switzerland announces higher feed-in-tariffs for geothermal power generation

August 17, 2018,   by Alexander Richter

New feed-in-tariffs for hydro-thermal and petro-thermal geothermal have been put forward that would lift maximum tariffs from up to $0.48 to $0.54/ kWh for plants sized 5 MW and below with lower...

Category: News on Geothermal, Switzerland FIT

Kenya considering auction system to replace feed-in-tariffs

April 12, 2018,   by Alexander Richter

Kenya is considering replacing its current feed-in-tariff system with an auction-based system in efforts to drive down electricity tariffs in the country. Auction systems have proven to favour price...

Category: Kenya FIT, News on Geothermal

Turkish Turcas Petrol plans doubling of its geothermal capacity in Turkey

March 16, 2018,   by Alexander Richter

Turcas Petrol wants to double its geothermal power generation capacity in the coming years and is asking for continued government support through either the FIT or another incentive program for the...

Category: News on Geothermal

Geothermal development in Japan kept alive by small-scale projects

March 11, 2018,   by Alexander Richter

With continued opposition to larger-scale geothermal projects, developer of small-scale projects of around 100 kW show that development is possible and successful, as cases in Beppu, Oita Prefecture...

Category: News on Geothermal

Japan’s METI plans adaptations on required geothermal environmental impact studies

February 20, 2018,   by Alexander Richter

Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) is planning changes on requirements for environmental impact assessments for geothermal projects in efforts to help further growth of geothermal...

Category: News on Geothermal

Taiwan increases feed-in-tariff for geothermal power to $0.206/ kWh

December 19, 2017,   by Alexander Richter

In order to accelerate geothermal development, the Ministry of Economic Affairs has increased the feed-in tariff to NT$6.1710 ($0.206/ kWh) from the proposed NT$5.6447 ($0.188/ kWh) for the first 10...

Category: Taiwan FIT, News on Geothermal

Geothermal Power Generation: Developments and Innovation--a Review

September 26, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

Geothermal energy is one of the dark horses of renewable energy. Few “renewable energy advocates” know much—if anything—about it. They don’t know what geothermal contributes today and have no clue...[more]

Category: book Reviews, Book Reviews on Geothermal Energy, News on Geothermal

Taiwan sets tentative 2018 feed-in-tariff for geothermal and other renewables

September 22, 2017,   by Alexander Richter

Taiwan has set its tentative renewable energy feed-in-tariffs lowering it for all technologies apart from geothermal, which was increased by 5% to TWD 5.1956/ kWh, about USD 0.17224/ kWh.

Category: Taiwan FIT, News on Geothermal

Investment into geothermal development to Turkey to double until 2020

August 17, 2017,   by Alexander Richter

Today, Turkey is the seventh largest country when it comes to installed geothermal power generation capacity and has over the past five years increased its capacity by 50% each year.

Category: News on Geothermal

Geothermal power plants contribute $260m to the Turkish economy annually

June 21, 2017,   by Alexander Richter

In its report, the Geothermal Power Plant Investors Association (JESDER), ‘Sector Evaluation Report it was emphasised on the necessity for the sustainability of the feed-in-tariff guarantee given by...

Category: News on Geothermal

World Bank: private investment & tariffs key to geothermal growth in Turkey

June 6, 2017,   by Alexander Richter

Private investments and a favourable tariff scheme have been key drivers in the incredible growth of Turkey's geothermal sector, according to a specialist of the World Bank in discussions during the...

Category: News on Geothermal

Small-scale geothermal power development picking up in Japan

February 27, 2017,   by Alexander Richter

With a generous feed-in-tariff for smaller scale geothermal plants, there have been several projects being on the drawing table over the past few years.

Category: News on Geothermal

New feed-in-tariff scheme for renewable energy expected soon in Indonesia

January 25, 2017,   by Alexander Richter

The planned tariff scheme, will set the feed-in-tariffs for electricity generated from renewable energy sources at no higher than 85% of the basic production cost of renewables in respective regions....

Category: Indonesia FIT, News on Geothermal

Is the Mexican Geothermal Potential Freezing?

December 9, 2016,   by Lillian Sol Cueva

Mexico has a total installed geothermal capacity of 926 MW today, but this only makes up 6.9 percent of its overall potential.

Category: News on Geothermal

Indonesia preparing new electricity tariff scheme for geothermal projects

October 16, 2016,   by Alexander Richter

According to Yunus, the prices will be set using a sliding scale scheme. The tariffs are based on the potential of each work area, ranging from 5 MW to 250 MW, with the selling price starting at...

Category: Philippines FIT, News on Geothermal

Industry asking for Emerging Geothermal Technologies FIT in Philippines

October 11, 2016,   by Alexander Richter

With an appropriately structured feed-in tariff rate that will provide guaranteed payment to investors through a universal charge, these acidic and lower enthalpy resources can be developed to...

Category: News on Geothermal, Philippines FIT

Geothermal technologies sought to be included in FiT program

August 17, 2016,  

THE National Geothermal Association of the Philippines (NGAP) is asking the government to include emerging geothermal technologies in the feed-in-tariff (FiT) program to address the cost and risks...

Category: News on Geothermal, Philippines FIT

Developers in the Philippines ask for specific geothermal technologies feed-in-tariff

August 16, 2016,   by Alexander Richter

A group of geothermal developers in the Philippines is asking its government to implement a specific geothermal feed-in-tariff structure for emerging geothermal technologies.

Category: Philippines FIT, News on Geothermal

Govt prepares feed-in tariff mechanism to boost geothermal

August 11, 2016,   by Ayomi Amindoni

The government is preparing a feed-in tariff mechanism to assist geothermal developers in a bid to boost the development of the geothermal energy sector in the country, a minister has said.

Category: News on Geothermal, Indonesia FIT

Improvements for geothermal investment climate in Indonesia expected

August 6, 2016,   by Alexander Richter

With previous geothermal policies not having delivered expected growth in development, Indonesia is currently working on a series of new policies that are expected to help unlock development of...

Category: News on Geothermal

Exponential Growth and the Renewable Surprise

July 28, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Critics of renewable energy have a full quiver of objections of why we shouldn’t bother developing wind and solar energy. One of my favorites is when they say, “Well renewables are nice, but they...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Large Wind, News on Solar Energy, News on Geothermal

Geothermal power promises energy boon for Japan, but hurdles remain

July 24, 2016,  

The government in fact already has a number of geothermal power promotion policies in place, but so far none have produced significant results. When the feed-in tariff system for renewable energy was...

Category: News on Geothermal

Don’t Forget Geothermal: San Luis Obispo County Geothermal Resources

June 22, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

This tells us two things. First, that California has been resting on its laurels since the early 1980s, regarding geothermal. Not much has been done since. Second, it tells us because of California’s...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power, News on Geothermal

Should South Africa tap geothermal energy?

September 14, 2015,   by Taufeeq Dhansay

But to really accelerate geothermal, government would need to come up with better incentives for research and development. This may include offering a renewable energy feed in tariff for geothermal.

Category: News on Geothermal

Japan's Soft Bank to Tap Geothermal

August 15, 2015,  

As a first step, group subsidiary SB Energy has begun a field study to build a small 300kW binary-cycle geothermal power plant in the city of Itoigawa in southern Niigata Prefecture. The company...

Category: News on Geothermal

Ministry planning system to promote geothermal power

August 11, 2015,  

The Ministry of the Environment will introduce a system to promote geothermal power generation by involving local municipalities from the initial stages of plant construction, according to informed...

Category: News on Geothermal

Japan News: Govt plans to promote geothermal power

October 12, 2014,   by Yomiuri Shimbun

The government will revise the current feed-in tariff system, which requires power companies to purchase electricity generated by solar power and other renewable energy sources at fixed prices, to...

Category: Japan FIT, News on Geothermal

New Maps Reveal B.C. Has Enough Geothermal Potential to Power Entire Province

October 7, 2014,   by Erin Flegg

At a time when B.C.’s politicians are considering flooding the Peace Valley for the Site C hydroelectric dam, a new project by the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association says the province could be...

Category: News on Geothermal

New Maps Reveal B.C. Has Enough Geothermal Potential to Power Entire Province

October 7, 2014,   by Erin Flegg

At a time when B.C.’s politicians are considering flooding the Peace Valley for the Site C hydroelectric dam, a new project by the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association says the province could be...

Category: News on Geothermal

Japan Has World's Third Largest Geothermal Reserves, 60 Percent of Which Can Be Developed

September 11, 2014,  

However, the relaxation of regulations on natural parks by the Ministry of the Environment in March 2012 and the start of a national feed-in tariff scheme in July of the same year triggered...

Category: News on Geothermal

Climate Progress: The Red Hot Renewable That Could Incite A Green Power Revolution

May 15, 2014,   by Ari Phillips

However, developers say a lot of the uncertainty around geothermal in the U.S., and part of the reason it hasn’t grown much in recent years, is due to the unreliable nature of the Production Tax...

Category: News on Geothermal

Indonesian Deputy Finance Minister sees risks in [Geothermal] feed-in-tariffs

April 30, 2014,  

Depending on the location, the tariff ranges from 10 cents to 18.5 cents per kilowatt hour (KwH), with the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry planning to raise it further to 11.5 cents to 29 cents...

Category: Indonesia FIT, News on Geothermal

Indonesian Government Tries to Lure Investment in Geothermal Power

April 16, 2014,  

In an attempt to attract investments in Indonesia's geothermal power sector, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources plans to offer higher prices for geothermal-based electricity. Based on a...

Category: News on Geothermal, Indonesia FIT

The Telegraph: Japan’s first new geothermal power plant in 15 years to open next month

March 16, 2014,   by Danielle Demetriou

Japan’s first new geothermal power plant in 15 years will open next month, heralding the start of a new chapter for the nation’s nuclear-hit energy industry.

Category: News on Geothermal

Mainichi: Construction plans for mid-sized geothermal plants booming across Japan

February 4, 2014,  

The purchase price for renewable energy generated by a power plant whose maximum output is less than 15,000 kilowatts is also set relatively high at 42 yen per kilowatt hour under the feed-in tariff...

Category: Japan FIT, News on Geothermal, News on Community Power

Geoenergy: Indonesias new feed-in-tariffs likely to enter into force next week

June 12, 2013,   by lxrichter

A long time in the making and reported on earlier, the Indonesia government is planning to increase the price of electricity to be bought by state-owned electricity company PT PLN from geothermal...

Category: News on Geothermal

Global Post: Geothermal power plant to be built on Japan's Hokkaido's Okushiri Island

June 7, 2013,   by Kyodo News International

If realized, it would be the first geothermal plant on a remote island that takes advantage of the country's feed-in tariff program for renewable energy, according to the Natural Resources and Energy...

Category: News on Geothermal

Geothermal Photos by Paul Gipe

April 19, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

I've posted photos of geothermal power plants in various locations from my collection, including photos from Iceland and Italy. . .

Category: News on Geothermal

Icelandic Ambassador Stefansson Advocates Geothermal Energy Use in Japan

December 15, 2012,  

Amb. Stefansson spoke on the topic of geothermal energy utilization in Japan, advocating that the country should harness its enormous untapped geothermal energy resources by using Iceland’s 85-year...

Category: News on Geothermal, Japan FIT

NREL How To Design Geothermal Feed-in Tariffs

December 13, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) issued a long-delayed report this past summer on Geothermal FIT Design. . .[more]

Category: News on Geothermal

Heating and Cooling an Up-Scale Hotel with Geothermal Energy in Bonn Germany

December 13, 2012,   by Nancy Nies and Paul Gipe

When we think of geothermal energy we immediately have visions of Old Faithful Geyser or the modernistic geothermal power plants of Iceland. But our view doesn't have to be so limited. . . [more]

Category: News on Geothermal

Now Re-elected, President Obama Should Examine US' Renewable Rank

November 12, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Considering the resounding defeat of the fossil-fuel industry's propaganda campaign against President Obama, and his new found interest in climate change, just where does the US rank relative to its...[more]

Category: USA FIT, News on Solar Energy, News on Geothermal, News on Wind Energy

Iceland--an Example of the High Penetration of Renewables in the Modern Era

November 6, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Iceland's famous for its breathtaking scenery, its geysers, its Blue Lagoon--and for sitting astride the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Among energy wonks, Iceland is also well known for using its abundant...[more]

Category: News on Geothermal

Japan again turns to geothermal energy to replace nuclear power

October 7, 2012,  

The Japanese government believes that the country has more than 20 gigawatts of energy potential in terms of geothermal energy. The country already boasts of 17 geothermal power plants, which...

Category: News on Geothermal, Japan FIT

Guardian: Fukushima disaster paves way for new geothermal plants

August 9, 2012,  

The move also makes economic sense. Under a new feed-in tariff system introduced last month, utilities are required to pay premium prices for renewable energy – 42 yen (34p) per kilowatt for...

Category: News on Geothermal

Presentation by Paul Gipe for National Geothermal Summit Sacramento, California on Feed-in Tariffs for Geothermal

August 8, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Category: News on Geothermal, Presentations by Paul Gipe

Indonesia Launches "Crash" Renewables Program: Boosts Geothermal "FITs"

July 19, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

The Jakarta Post reports that Indonesia substantially raised its geothermal tariffs this week across the archipelago of 240 million people, beginning what the government bills as a "crash" program.[more]

Category: Indonesia FIT, News on Geothermal

Japan Times: Geothermal trove lies mostly untapped despite energy crisis

September 27, 2011,   by ERIC JOHNSTON

Category: Japan FIT, News on Geothermal

Geothermal Power Plants by Ronald DiPippo

August 16, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

Geothermal Power Plants is the book I'd been looking for--an engineering treatise on geothermal. I'd written about geothermal in the mid 1980s, but I hadn't kept up with the industry and needed a...[more]

Category: News on Geothermal, Book Reviews on Geothermal Energy

Germany to Substantially Increase Geothermal Feed-in Tariffs

June 28, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

Expects to Boost Distributed Generation May Raise Geothermal Tariffs €0.10 ($0.14) per Kilowatt-hour[more]

Category: News on Geothermal

Germany to Substantially Increase Geothermal Feed-in Tariffs

June 28, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

Expects to Boost Distributed Generation May Raise Geothermal Tariffs €0.10 ($0.14) per Kilowatt-hour[more]

Category: Germany FIT, News on Geothermal

Geothermal Feed-in Tariffs Worldwide

June 21, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

Countries worldwide are increasingly turning to feed-in tariffs as a mechanism to develop geothermal energy. In the wake of the disaster at the Fukishima nuclear reactors, for example, Japan's civil...[more]

Category: News on Geothermal

Bloomberg: Japan May Tap Geothermal Power to Offset Atomic Loss

June 5, 2011,   by Stuart Biggs

Category: Japan FIT, News on Geothermal

Distributed Geothermal in California Can Add 7% of Supply

May 24, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

What Feed-in Tariff Prices Are Necessary?[more]

Category: News on Geothermal

Japan's Geothermal Resources Get a Closer Look

May 11, 2011,   by Robert Crowe

Category: Japan FIT, News on Geothermal

Geysers Loosing Steam: a Finite Resource After All?

January 1, 1986,   by Paul Gipe

Note: This article was written for Independent Energy Magazine. The date indicated was January 3, 1980. I can't remember when I wrote it, but I know I didn't have a computer in 1980. Likely the...[more]

Category: News on Geothermal

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