CORRECTION. Sonoma County Water Agency also uses electricity from geothermal resources at The Geysers.
There is a great deal of dependable, low-emission, base-load geothermal energy that can be developed in California that can replace fossil fuels in powering the water industry.
"Intermittency from renewable-energy sources continues to be a sticking point for mining companies."
Mystified why no one is mentioning the tremendous potential for geothermal energy in Chile.
Good article Meg!
GRC Fieldtrips are a vital part of the yearly GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Expo. The 2015 event, the biggest annual event in the industry, will take place September 20-23 in Reno, Nevada, USA.
More information at: http://www.geothermal.org/meet-new.html
Great article! The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) is very happy to have showcased the National Geothermal Student Competition at the GRC Annual Meeting. Congratulations to all who took part.
CORRECTION: ".....renewables have two drawbacks that have to be considered in their use and integration into the power grid. The first is their low capacity factors."
The EIA rates new geothermal plants as having a 92% capacity factor, higher than those of nuclear (90%), gas (87%), or coal (85%), and much higher than those of intermittent sources such as onshore wind (34%) or solar photovoltaic (25%).
Geothermal Energy is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The Assembly's Natural Resources Committee approved the proposed legislation yesterday, following a 6-2 vote. Earlier in the week the bill was approved by the Assembly's Utilities and Commerce Committee, 8-5; the Senate approved the bill in May.
Authored by Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) and Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez (D-Coachella), the bill will now be scheduled to be heard by the Assembly Appropriations Committee in August.
"We are very pleased to see this proposed legislation wend its way through the Legislature with success at this time," said Jim Hanks, IID Board President. "It really speaks to the true merits of the bill."
More information from Global Geothermal News: http://geothermalresourcescouncil.blogspot.com/2014/06/usa-california_26.html
"When the sun sets on a remote desert outpost and solar panels shut down, what energy source will provide power through the night?" Let me answer......
Geothermal Energy is a clean, green, truly renewable source of energy that runs 24/7 365 days a year.
Studies show Japan, a land of volcanoes, ranks as the world's third-richest nation in geothermal power. A government study last year showed it has the potential for business to derive 14,000 MW of energy, but it currently has only 540 MW worth of commercial plants. Geothermal energy is a dependable renewable energy available rain or shine, 24/7 365 days a year. The power plants have a small foot-print and have little to no greenhouse gas emissions. Japan is ideally sited to make tremendous use of its geothermal resources.
Well done Jon. I totally agree with your observations, especially "that education and public perception is the alpha and the omega when it comes to where you get your electricity generation from". The Geothermal Resources Council has been advocating for a consensus approach to promote the industry around the world. We have a great story to tell! The geothermal energy industry should be working on this together.
An opportunity to continue this discussion will be at the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) Annual Meeting & Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) Energy Expo at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, September 29 - October 2. http://www.geothermal.org/meet-new.html
There will be over six hours of technical sessions dedicated to EGS at the GRC Annual Meeting, being held Sept. 29-Oct. 2 at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, USA.
In addition, many of the companies involved in developing the exciting new technology will be exhibiting at the concurrent GEA Expo.