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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.

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

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. . .

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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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