The World's #1 Renewable Energy Network for News, Information, and Companies.
Untitled Document

International Geothermal Industry Developing Strong Partnerships, Robust Market

This year’s Geothermal Energy Association (GEA)’s Geothermal Energy Expo and Geothermal Resources Council’s Annual Meeting incorporated a wide range of meetings on international development. U.S. interest in exporting geothermal goods and services is ever-increasingly met with outside interest in U.S. knowledge and materials, particularly from developing countries.

At the Expo, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) were there supporting delegations from Turkey and East Africa, respectively. While booths were getting set up, companies and individuals interested or involved in international geothermal development filled a nearby meeting room to talk about details and strategy moving forward for areas of international growth.

USAID and GEA launched the U.S. East Africa Geothermal Partnership (EAGP) last year to support major geothermal potential and growth in East Africa, and the group sponsored the delegation of 9 Africans attending these events. At the meeting, EAGP discussed its activities since its inception, including participation in the November 2012 ARGeo C-4 conference in Nairobi, several training modules in Kenya, and its budding presence in the region — in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. Next year it intends to sponsor both an African delegation to the GEA’s April 2014 international event in Washington DC as well as U.S. industry reps wishing to attend the next ARGeo conference, which is slated for Nairobi in November 2014. 

The EAGP discussion showed the organization is learning from its fledgling activities as it plans for a long-term U.S. presence in Africa. The program is invigorated by administrative support through President Obama’s Power Africa initiative, which emphasizes interagency coordination, and it defines its best options for success by tapping industry input.

At the meeting, U.S. industry discussed its needs in Africa such as increased clarity and additional resource data in future open bids. The group intends to focus on these points as some of its key priorities, noted John Hammond, Acting EAGP Director and Senior Director of the U.S. Energy Association. Participants added that such improvements in the language of RFPs would likely lead to greater response from developers and help attract financiers. As the group works on existing issues, it also seeks experience from law firms, environmental consultants, and other experts. Large-scale power plants such as Kenya’s Menengai and Olkaria facilities could be joined by direct-use applications, a potential fit for African agricultural industries, in the EAGP objective spectrum.

Clearly, East Africa’s interest in continuing and expanding U.S. partnership runs deep. This was also reflected in GEA’s September international report, which showed Kenya as one of the fastest growing geothermal markets in the world.

International visitors took the opportunity to introduce their contributions and comment on the global industry as a whole. At an event where some U.S. companies have worked to create decades-long bonds, presenters commented on the need for that type of long-term partnership between geothermal markets around the world. Installed geothermal capacity recently surpassed 12,000 MW globally, and such partnerships could help to ensure that the ~27 GW now actively being pursued will lead to power plant generation over the next decade.

Untitled Document

RELATED ARTICLES

World Moves Toward 100 Percent Renewable Energy – First Electricity, Then Heating/Cooling, and Finally Transportation

Junko Movellan, Correspondent The exclusive use of energy from renewable resources in at least one sector has now become a feasible goal for 8 countries. Diane Moss, Founding Director of Renewables 100 Policy Institute, discussed this remarkable develop...

US Clean Power Plan Could Include Carbon Trading

Mark Drajem, Bloomberg Some businesses that back President Barack Obama’s plan to curb greenhouse gases are making a late lobbying push to add an element similar to a cap-and-trade program. With the administration set this week or next to unveil ...

Listen Up: Vampires Sucking Power from your House

The Energy Show on Renewable Energy World Here’s a nightmare for you: at night, when you’re asleep and you think things are quiet, there are vampires sucking power out of your house and increasing your electric bill. The fact of the matter is that every plugged in ...

Energy Storage and Geothermal Markets Look To Team Up in the Hunt for Lithium

Meg Cichon In today's fast-paced tech environment, no one can make a splash quite like Elon Musk. So when he decided to enter the energy storage game in 2014, he did it with gusto. Musk is now in the process of building what he coined...
Leslie is located in Washington DC at the Office of the Geothermal Energy Association and serves on the Renewable Energy World North America Conference and Expo committee.

CURRENT MAGAZINE ISSUE

Volume 18, Issue 4
1507REW_C11

STAY CONNECTED

To register for our free
e-Newsletters, subscribe today:

SOCIAL ACTIVITY

Tweet the Editors! @megcichon @jennrunyon

FEATURED PARTNERS



EVENTS

GRC Workshop at Indonesian International Geothermal Convention & Ex...

The Geothermal Conceptual Model & Well Targeting The Geothermal Me...

2015 AREDAY Summit

The 12th Annual AREDAY Summit, August 8-13th in Snowmass Colorado. Engag...

StartUp Green

AREI, American Renewable Energy Institute, in partnership with ...

COMPANY BLOGS

Clean Energy Patents Maintain High Levels in First Quarter, Solar L...

U.S. patents for Clean Energy technologies from the first quarter of 201...

Registration Opens for GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo

GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Expo:   Register Now for the 2015 GRC ...

New Approach to Crowdfunding Renewable Energy Assets

In our business, our goal is to help people improve their quality of lif...

NEWSLETTERS

Renewable Energy: Subscribe Now

Solar Energy: Subscribe Now

Wind Energy: Subscribe Now

Geothermal Energy: Subscribe Now

Bioenergy: Subscribe Now  

 

FEATURED PARTNERS