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Why we shouldn’t abandon natural gas: Renewable natural gas shows promise

Why we shouldn’t abandon natural gas: Renewable natural gas shows promise

Renewable natural gas could provide a near-term solution while the world seeks to eliminate more carbon-intense energy sources.
Ensuring a just green energy transition in emerging economies

Ensuring a just green energy transition in emerging economies

By Sarah Casey, Portfolio Director, Climate Council Emerging economy countries face the undeniably huge task to transition their economies to be cleaner and more sustainable. This transition, however, will impact jobs in fossil fuel-based energy production and could, if not considered from a social perspective, negatively impact millions of individuals in emerging economy nations. Many of these countries–including India, Indonesia […]
DOE to Invest Up To US $84 Million in Enhanced Geothermal Systems

DOE to Invest Up To US $84 Million in Enhanced Geothermal Systems

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued two Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) last week for enhanced geothermal systems (EGS), an advanced geothermal technology that drills deep wells into hot rocks, fractures them, and circulates a fluid through the fractures to extract heat.
Australian Geothermal Project Starts Second Well

Australian Geothermal Project Starts Second Well

In geothermal excavation terms, to spud means to drill, and Geodynamics has begun a successful spud for Habanero 2, their second geothermal production well. The Habanero wells are for a hot-fractured rock demonstration project to extract the 250 degrees Celsius heat of the target hot granite buried over 4.4 km under the ground at the company's Cooper Basin Hot Fractured Rock geothermal project.
DOE Finalizes US $7M Grant for US Geothermal’s Raft River EGS Project

DOE Finalizes US $7M Grant for US Geothermal’s Raft River EGS Project

U.S. Geothermal Inc. announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has formally awarded the Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) grant that was announced on October 14, 2008. The Raft River EGS program now totals up to US $10.21 million, with the DOE providing up to $7.39 million as part of the cost-sharing arrangement.
National Labs Prioritize Study of Enhanced Geothermal Systems for Commercialization

National Labs Prioritize Study of Enhanced Geothermal Systems for Commercialization

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory yesterday said it will lead a $9 million project to remove technical barriers to commercialization of enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) for electricity generation.
The Long-Term Effects of Harnessing Geothermal Energy

The Long-Term Effects of Harnessing Geothermal Energy

Enhanced geothermal systems have been touted as an important renewable energy technology for meeting global climate goals, but some concern exists over just how environmentally friendly this technology really is. In anticipation of potential backlash from the anti-fracking community, EGS advocates are working to ensure that this technology can be a viable source of geothermal energy.
US Geothermal Completes Second Well at Neal Hot Springs

US Geothermal Completes Second Well at Neal Hot Springs

U.S. Geothermal Inc. announced that well NHS-5, the second full size production well at the Neal Hot Springs project located in eastern Oregon, was successfully completed on October 15.
Will Natural Gas Kill American Renewables?

Will Natural Gas Kill American Renewables?

Fossil industry leaders such as T. Boone Pickens like to tout America’s abundant supplies of natural gas. And of course, they’re right. Due to such robust supply, current prices for the stuff are very, very low. As the Department of Energy’s Natural Gas Weekly notes, there is an enormous price gap right now between natural gas and oil. For 1 […]
EGS Could Play Major Role in Low-carbon Economy

EGS Could Play Major Role in Low-carbon Economy

The case for a low-carbon economy grows stronger with each new extreme weather event that threatens the global food supply.