Geothermal energy is heating up in Nevada!
In July 2016, US Geothermal began drilling at their San Emidio project in Nevada. “They drilled to a depth of 1,000 feet and encountered high bottom hole temperatures and high temperature gradients. Both of those findings are indicators of a deeper, active geothermal system, the company said, adding that, if productive zones are encountered, the wells will be tested to determine resource temperature and production characteristics in the area.
Phase I of the San Emidio project was completed in 2012, when an existing 3.6 MW plant was replaced with a more efficient 9 MW power plant.”
Here are three reasons why natural gas is more expensive than geothermal energy:
- It is consumable (consumed in the process of creating heat)
- Combustion heating creates Green House Gas emissions
- It is subject to carbon taxes
Meanwhile, geothermal heat pumps are the opposite of natural gas:
- Geothermal is renewable (the solar energy stored in the earth is continually replenished)
- Geothermal creates no Green House Gas emissions (no combustion on site)
- Geothermal isn’t charged carbon taxes, so it’s more affordable.
To learn more about geothermal vs. natural gas, check out: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2017/01/can-natural-gas-giants-switch-to-geothermal.html?cmpid=enl_rew_geothermalenergynews_2017-01-26
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Diversifying our power supply is key
Renewable Energy Analyst and Research Projects Manager of the Geothermal Energy Association, Benjamin Matek, reports that “Last fall, the California legislature passed SB 350, a bill that will increase the state’s renewable energy generation to 50 percent by 2030 utilizing resources like wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal energy. This goal will be a first. No large-scale economy like California has ever attempted to transition to a grid powered in majority by renewables.
Study after study on the California energy landscape point toward the same answer: make the grid diverse. California’s grid will require a mix of renewable resources like solar, hydropower, storage, wind, and geothermal. For example, a study commissioned by the Walton Family Foundation on a 50 percent renewable grid found that “replacing 10 TWh of solar PV with geothermal . . . reduces CO2 emissions by 4.2 million metric tons per year in California and 2.4 MMT/yr in the rest of the West.”
For more information on geothermal energy usage, go to: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2016/04/studies-show-geothermal-and-grid-diversity-benefit-the-environment-and-consumers.html?cmpid=renewablegeothermal0552016&eid=326825548&bid=1395781
Renewable Energy World, one of the leading publications in the RE business just ran an encouraging story about the RE market.
“Renewable energy accounted for the majority (50.5 percent) of new U.S. electrical generation put into service during the first 11 months of 2016, according to the latest issue of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) monthly Energy Infrastructure Update (with data through Nov. 30, 2016).
Combined, newly installed capacity from renewable sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) totaled 9,655 MW, surpassing that from natural gas (8,109 MW), nuclear power (1,270 MW), coal (45 MW), and oil (33 MW) combined.
The rapid growth of renewables — particularly solar and wind — has resulted in their seizing an ever-growing share of the nation’s total generating capacity. Five years ago, renewable sources cumulatively accounted for slightly over 14 percent of total available installed generating capacity; now they provide almost 19 percent (18.69 percent): hydropower, 8.53 percent; wind, 6.58 percent; solar, 1.84 percent; biomass, 1.41 percent; and geothermal, 0.33 percent.”
Story source: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2017/01/renewables-provide-majority-of-new-us-generating-capacity-through-november-2016.html?cmpid=enl_REW_GEOTHERMALENERGYNEWS_2017-01-12
According to Renewable Energy World, geothermal energy is clean, sustainable energy which is generated from the heat within the Earth. Resources of geothermal energy range from the shallow ground to hot water and hot rock found a few miles beneath the Earth’s surface, and down even deeper to the extremely high temperatures of molten rock called magma.
The good news about geothermal energy is that “the US Department of Energy has just announced five projects for the first part of the multiphase Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) effort. The FORGE initiative is part of President Obama’s ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy. A total of $2 million will be awarded for the first phase which is dedicated to cutting-edge research on enhanced geothermal systems (EGS).
This could potentially unlock a domestic, geographically diverse and carbon free source of clean energy which could in turn supply up to 100 million homes in the US. The first two phases of FORGE will provide up to $31 million over two years for selected teams.
“Through these kinds of critical investments in renewable energy, the Department is helping develop cost-effective technologies for engineering geothermal systems that supply affordable, zero-carbon energy to millions of American homes and businesses” said Under Secretary for Science and Energy Lynn Orr. “Enhanced geothermal systems could represent the next frontier of renewable energy and hold the potential to diversify the nation’s energy portfolio while reducing greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.”
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