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Farm Bill to award more money to RE ag projects in 2004

Energy Bill fails to pass in 2003

 

What's Going On
A calendar of events of interest in the 19 states of GeoPowering the West, and across the U.S.A.


State Roundup
A summary of what is going on across the nation, and in the GeoPowering the West states

Alaska
American Samoa
Arizona
California
Colorado
Hawai'i
Idaho

Oregon
South Dakota
Texas
Utah
Washington
Wyoming


Current Solicitations
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Farm Bill to award more money to RE ag projects in 2004
Under Section 9006 of Title IX of the 2002 Farm Bill, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides funding to farmers, ranchers, and small rural businesses (including cooperatives) under the five-year Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Program. In 2003, the program awarded $21.2 million in grant funding to 113 projects in 24 states. None were for geothermal direct use or power generation projects.

Geothermal energy can be used for a wide range of agricultural applications including aquiculture, crop drying, food processing, greenhouses, soil warming, and building and water heating—to name a few. For additional information on the various agricultural uses of geothermal resources, review the Geothermal Small Business Workbook.

In FY 2004, the Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Program will provide grants and loans. The new draft Rules are due to be released for public review in January 2004, and will be posted on the USDA Rural Development Farm Bill 2002 Information website. The official funding notice is tentatively scheduled to be issued in late spring or early summer.

There are three things an interested farmer, rancher, or small rural business owner can do right now:

  1. Contact their local USDA rural energy coordinators to learn when the proposed regulations will be made available for public comment and when funds will be available for FY04. A list of these contacts can be found on the Rural Business-Cooperative Service website.
  2. Monitor the USDA Rural Development Farm Bill 2002 Information website.
  3. Once the Rules are issued, GeoPowering the West partners will hold one or more teleconferences or webcasts to help interested applicants prepare strong proposals. If you would like to participate, email Liz Battocletti at lbatto@att.net.

Let's get geothermal projects funded in 2004!

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Energy Bill fails to pass in 2003

On 18 November, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 6, The Energy Policy Act of 2003, by a bipartisan vote of 246 to 180. Three days later, the Senate failed to pass the bill in a cloture motion by just two votes. (Cloture is a procedure by which the Senate can vote to place a time limit on consideration of a bill. Under Senate rules, 60 votes are needed to close debate and force a final vote on legislation.)

The Senate will reconvene 20 January 2004 and resume consideration of the Energy Bill. "I'm confident that, while this looks kind of gloomy now, this bill will become law early next year," Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Pete Domenici (R-NM) said earlier this month.

For geothermal energy, the Energy Bill:

  • Expands the Production Tax Credit (PTC) to include new geothermal power plants. Plants placed in service by 1 January 2007 would receive a 1.8¢/kWh credit for the first five years of service.
  • Reforms the geothermal steam acts leasing and royalty provisions.
  • Provides for comprehensive assessment of geothermal energy resources.
  • Reauthorizes the Renewable Energy Production Incentive program to provide renewable energy production incentives.
  • Directs the federal government to use more renewable energy, with a goal of using 7.5% or more by 2011.

Karl Gawell, Executive Director of the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) which supports the bill urged all members of the Senate to continue working towards enacting national energy legislation.

In the wake of the Senate vote on the energy bill, Reps. Zach Wamp (R-TN) and Mark Udall (D-CO) organized a letter signed by 105 Representatives urging significant increases in FY 2005 funding for the renewable energy and energy efficiency programs of the Department of Energy (DOE). The letter was addressed to President Bush, and urged him to include these increases in the budget he will release at the end of January 2004 (Source: November-December 2003 GEA Washington Update).

For more information:

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What's Going On

  • 20 January
    Exploring Utah Geothermal Opportunities
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Email Bob Blackett, Senior Geologist, Utah Geological Survey at blackett@suu.edu

  • 20-21 January
    4th Annual Harvesting Clean Energy Conference
    Portland, OR
    Website


  • 22-23 January
    National Geothermal Collaborative Meeting
    Washington, D.C.
    Email: Kathleen Rutherford, Senior Mediator, RESOLVE at krutherford@resolv.org
  • 26-28 January
    29th Stanford Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering
    Stanford University, CA
    Website

  • 30-31 January
    California Indian Energy Symposium
    San Francisco, CA
    Website
  • 3-5 February
    Green Renewable Energy and Technologies (GREAT) Institute Conference
    Denver, CO
    Email Alfred Dozier, Managing Director, GREAT Institute at globalc@earthlink.net

  • 9-12 February
    Reservation Economic Summit 2004
    Las Vegas, NV
    Website

  • 1-3 March
    POWER-GEN Renewable Energy
    Las Vegas, NV
    Website

  • 14-16 April
    Western Governors' Association
    North American Energy Summit
    Albuquerque, NM
    Website

  • 18-21 April
    American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Annual Meeting
    Poster session: "New Advances in Geothermal Energy"
    Dallas, TX
    Website

  • 5-7 May
    Utility Energy Forum
    Gold River, CA
    Website

  • 18-24 May
    39th Forum on the Geology of Industrial Minerals
    Reno, NV
    Website

  • 5-9 June
    Gulf Rocks 2004: Rock Mechanics Across Borders & Disciplines
    Houston, TX
    Website
  • 26 August-1 September
    Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) 2004 Annual Meeting
    Palm Springs, CA
    Website

  • 28 August-3 September
    World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC VIII)
    Denver, CO
    Abstracts may be submitted until 16 January 2004.
    Website

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State Roundup

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Alaska
American Samoa
Arizona
California
Colorado
Hawai'i
Idaho

Oregon
South Dakota
Texas
Utah
Washington
Wyoming


National

  • A "Geothermal 101" webcast targeted towards utilities was held on 12 November. Presented by Ray Dracker of the Center for Resource Solutions and Jim Lovekin of GeothermEx, Inc., the webcast allowed 18 participants, many new to geothermal, to "Learn everything you want to know about Geothermal Energy from the comfort of your desk." The webcast covered the basics of geothermal, e.g., what is geothermal energy and how it works, types of resources and conversion technologies, the location of commercial geothermal power installations in the U.S. and the world, geothermal resource potential in the Western U.S., and economics. The webcast was supported by geothermal-biz.com; Western Area Power Administration; and the Arizona Geothermal Working Group under the DOE GeoPowering the West program. For more information, email Liz Battocletti at lbatto@att.net.

  • Princeton Energy Resources International (PERI) is conducting a survey of geothermal technical literature—where it is located, how to find it, and the steps needed to ensure that it remains accessible. To date, the research has yielded two reports which are available on the PERI website. You can support the E-archiving effort by completing the survey (in Word format). For more information, email Dan Entingh, Senior Economist, PERI at dentingh@perihq.com.

  • Educators for the Environment announced the publication of its new book, Energy for Keeps: Electricity from Renewable Energy in November. Targeted towards "everyone who uses electricity," the 240-page user-friendly book covers the history, availability, impacts, technologies, and management of the energy resources we use (or can use) to generate electricity. Prepared with support from the California Energy Commission, the Bonneville Power Administration, and others, the book is available for download in PDF format from the Energy for Keeps website, or by clicking on the cover below.

    Energy for Keeps

  • Call for abstracts: Authors are invited to submit abstracts for the World Geothermal Congress 2005 scheduled for 24-29 April 2005 in Antalya, Turkey. Papers may be presented verbally or as posters. All papers and presentations must be in English. Abstracts are due by January 2004; accepted papers by May 2004. Only authors of accepted papers are eligible for financial support. For more information and to submit abstracts online, see the WGC 2005 website.

  • DOE's Energy Information Administration (EIA) published the "Renewable Energy Annual 2002" on 7 November. The report shows that U.S. renewable energy use rose 11% in 2002, due mainly to increased production of hydropower. Of the other renewable energy technologies, wind power grew fastest, increasing by 56% in 2002. Geothermal consumption declined to 0.304 quadrillion Btu in 2002. The number of geothermal heat pumps manufactured rose in 2002, although total capacity (tonnage) declined. According to participating electric utilities, 211 had over 700,000 customers in green pricing programs during 2002. Ninety-eight electric industry participants with 5,001 customers reported being involved in net metering programs.

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Alaska

For further information on geothermal activities in Alaska, contact:

Bernie Smith
Project Manager
Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority/
Alaska Energy Authority
Tel: (907) 269-4643
Email: BSmith@aidea.org


No news.

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American Samoa

No news.

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Arizona

For further information on the Arizona Geothermal Work Group (AzGeo), contact:

Amanda Ormond
The Ormond Group
Tel: (480) 491-3305
Email: asormond@msn.com

No news.

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California

For further information on geothermal activities in California, contact:

Elaine Sison-Lebrilla
Geothermal Program Manager
California Energy Commission

Tel: (916) 654-5129
Email: esisonle@energy.state.ca.us

  • The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians held the grand opening of the Spa Resort Casino's new $95 million casino building on 6 November. Located on nine acres in the heart of Palm Springs, the new casino is located across the street from the Spa Resort. The hot springs where the Spa Hotel now stands was used for bathing and curative purposes for centuries, and was opened to the public as a bathhouse in 1870.

  • According to a report adopted by the California Energy Commission (CEC) on 19 November, "Recent indications suggest increased growth in the development of geothermal electric energy over the next 10 years. Renewable energy solicitations in California have drawn proposals for development of almost 7,000 gigawatt-hours per year (GWh/year). Proposals in other Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) states reviewed for this study total more than 3,000 GWh/year." The "Renewable Resources Development Report" (RRDR) is available in PDF format from the CEC's SB 1038 Proceeding - Documents Page. The predicted costs (excluding the Production Tax Credit, in 2003 Dollars) for various types of renewable energy are shown in the following table.

    Technology
    Size (MW)
    Levelized Cost of Energy (cents/kWh)
    2005
    2008
    2010
    2017

    Wind Class 6
    Wind Class 4

    75
    75
    4.1
    4.9
    3.4
    3.9
    3.3
    3.6
    2.7
    3
    Concentrating Solar Power
    PV High Insolation 250 kW
    PV Low Insolation 250 kW
    PV High Insolation 3 kW
    PV Low Insolation 3 kW
    100
    0.25
    0.25
    0.003
    0.003
    12.1
    27.5
    34
    23.3
    28.7
    6.7
    22.9
    28.4
    21.8
    26.9
    6.4
    21.1
    26
    18.8
    23.2
    6
    15.6
    19.3
    12.6
    15.6
    Landfill Gas
    ADG-Animal Waste-developed financed
    Solid Biomass-Direct Combustion
    ADG-Animal Waste-farmer/coop financed
    2
    0.1
    20
    0.1
    4.4
    6.9
    6.6
    4.3
    4.1
    6.2
    6.2
    3.8
    4.1
    6.2
    6.2
    3.8
    3.7
    5.6
    5.7
    3.6

    Geothermal Flash
    Geothermal Binary

    50
    50
    5.3
    5.5
    5
    5.1
    4.9
    4.9
    4.5
    4.2
    Source: Navigant Consulting, subcontractor to XENERGY, Inc., Technical Assistance Contractor for the Renewable Energy Program (Contract No. 500-01-036).

  • On 22 November, ORMAT Nevada, Inc. announced that its subsidiaries were successful in the Chapter 11 auction for all the geothermal assets of Covanta Energy Corporation, which filed for bankruptcy protection in April 2002. ORMAT's bid for $214 million included 100% ownership in the 52-MW Heber plant, 100% ownership in the lessee position of the 48-MW Second Imperial Geothermal Company (SIGC) plant, and 50% ownership interest in the 40-MW Mammoth Pacific plant. ORMAT is committed to completing the acquisition before 31 December 2003. The three plants have long-term power purchase agreements with Southern California Edison until 2015-2022. The expected revenues from sale of electricity for all the above assets is approximately $80 million per year. ORMAT is financing the acquisition through a $155-million loan from Beal Bank of Dallas and a $60-million bond issue on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. For more information, see the ORMAT news release.

  • The $200-million Geysers pipeline system began operating in early December. The 40-mile pipeline project injects half the wastewater generated annually by Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Cotati, and Sebastopol into the Geysers' underground steam fields. In addition to the $200 million, Calpine has spent another $45 million building its own network of pipes and injection wells to carry 11 million gallons of treated effluent a day (Source: "Full steam ahead, Santa Rosa's 40-mile pipeline starts pumping wastewater this week to The Geysers, providing energy and helping preserve the Russian River" by Mike McCoy, The Press Democrat, 30 November 2003). For more information: Calpine 5 December press release, and the project description from the City of Santa Rosa.

  • Two workshops were held in mid-December for utilities wanting to learn more about geothermal development, operating, economics, risks, and other issues. The first was held in Pasadena on 16 December; the second in Sacramento on 18 December. Both were sponsored by DOE's GeoPowering the West Program and the Western Area Power Administration, and held in conjunction with the CEC PIER Renewables Program, the Center for Resource Solutions, and GeothermEx, Inc. Several utilities attended the workshops including the Northern California Power Agency, one of the operators at the Geysers, and public utilities. For more information, email Randy Manion, WAPA at manion@wapa.gov.

  • On 17 December, the CEC voted to license the Salton Sea Unit 6 Geothermal Power Project. The 185-MW, $405-million project, under development by CE Obsidian Energy, LLC, will be the largest geothermal plant in the country when it goes online in 2005. CEC staff has estimated that the project will avoid $50 million a year in costs for fuel that would be used by a similarly-sized natural gas-fired facility, at the current price of natural gas. Most of the power will be sold through a long term contract to the Imperial Irrigation District. For more information, see: the CEC Salton Sea Geothermal Power Plant Licensing Case website and the CEC News Release.

  • At industry's urging, the College of the Siskiyous (COS) is offering a certificate and degree in power plant operation. COS and Lassen Community College in Susanville have agreed to provide training through a cooperative partnership. According to Calpine Project Manager Joel Brown, the power industry continues to grow with deregulation. "All the power companies in California are growing and in need of new power plant operators," he said. Students interested in a career as power plant operators can receive either a certificate or two-year degree in power plant operation (Source: "COS offers power plant career path" by John Diehm, Siskiyou Daily News, 10 December 2003).

  • Calpine Corporation's Geysers geothermal operations have received an award for environmental stewardship, safety, infrastructure maintenance, and resource conservation from the California Department of Conservation. The award marks the second consecutive year Calpine has received such recognition. The award is displayed at Calpine's Geothermal Visitor Center in Middletown. For more information: Calpine's 16 December 2003 press release, or the Calpine Geothermal Visitor Center at the Geysers.

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Colorado

No news.

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Hawai'i

For further information on geothermal activities in Hawai'i, contact:

Priscilla C. Thompson
Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism
Energy, Resources, and Technology Division
Tel: (808) 586-2353
Email: PThompso@dbedt.hawaii.gov


No news.

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Idaho

For further information on the Idaho Geothermal Working Group, contact:

Gerry Galinato
Energy Division,
Idaho Department of Water Resources
Tel: (208) 327-7963
Email: ggalinat@idwr.state.id.us
  • Subject to receiving final approval from the TSX Venture Exchange, U.S. Cobalt Inc. will acquire all shares and warrants of U.S. Geothermal Inc., a private Idaho corporation that has the right to acquire from Vulcan Power Company of Bend, Oregon a 100% interest in the Raft River Geothermal Project. For more information: "Acquisition of Idaho Geothermal Project Nears Completion," U.S. Cobalt, Inc. News Release, 20 November 2003 (in PDF format).

  • The Idaho Department of Water Resources (IDWR) re-extended the moratorium on new development in the geothermal aquifer running along the Boise Front another five years, saying additional study is necessary. The moratorium was imposed in 1988 when only about one-third of the water was reinjected into the aquifer. Under the current limits, the city may use 230 million gallons a year. In 2002, it used 171 million gallons and reinjected 140 million. IDWR scientists monitoring the aquifer say water and pressure level declines appear to have stabilized. The city of Boise would like to use more aquifer water if levels remain steady, public works director Chuck Mickelson said, adding that if a downtown convention center is built, it could use geothermal heat (Source: "Geothermal aquifer moratorium continues" by Joe Kolman, The Idaho Statesman, 2 December 2003). For more information, see the IDWR 2 December 2003 news release (2003-58).

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Kansas

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Montana

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Nebraska

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Nevada

For further information on geothermal activities in Nevada, contact:

John Snow
Program Manager - Oil, Gas, and Geothermal
Nevada Division of Minerals
Tel: (775) 684-7045
Email: jsnow@govmail.state.nv.us

  • A new Geothermal Resources of Nevada website has been launched by the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) with partial financial assistance from the 2001 DOE State Energy Program Special Projects. Advertised as an online update to "Thermal Waters of Nevada" by Larry Garside and John Schilling which was published by NBMG in 1979, the website provides geochemical data and maps for thermal waters in the state.

  • On 24 October, Sierra Pacific Power and Nevada Power issued letters to the respondents of the 2003 Renewable Energy RFP indicating if they were on the "Short List," the "Secondary List," or the "Not Successful List." For more information, see the Sierra Nevada Renewable RFPs webpage.

  • Several new Geothermal Leases have been filed with the Nevada Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The following information is provided courtesy of the "Nevada Oil Reporter." For more information on BLM leases in Nevada, see the website: http://www.blm.gov/lr2000 (Source: Nevada Geothermal Update, October and November 2003).

    Non-Competitive Geothermal BLM Lease Applications, Pending:
    NORAMEX CORP.
    West of Blue Mountain, Humboldt County
    NORAMEX CORP.
    West of Blue Mountain, Humboldt County
    Stillwater Holdings LLC
    Stillwater, Churchill County
    Western Geothermal Partners
    Salt Wells, Churchill County
    Western Geothermal Partners
    Southeast of Salt Wells, Churchill County
    Western Geothermal Partners
    North of Salt Wells, Churchill County
    Kingzett, James M.
    Hazen, Churchill, and Lyon Counties
    Kingzett, James M.
    North of Hazen, Churchill, and Lyon Counties
    Kingzett, James M.
    North of Hazen, Churchill, and Lyon Counties
    Competitive Sale Geothermal BLM Lease Applications, Pending:
    Western Geothermal Partners
    Gerlach
    NGP Power Corp.
    Salt Wells
    NGP Power Corp.
    Salt Wells
    Nevada Geothermal Specialists
    Salt Wells
    Nevada Geothermal Specialists
    Salt Wells
    Western Geothermal Partners
    Salt Wells
    Geothermal BLM Leases Issued:
    Vulcan Power Co.
    Salt Wells, Churchill Co.
    PSG Resources LLC
    Silverpeak, Esmeralda Co.
    PSG Resources LLC
    Esmeralda Co.
    ORMAT Nevada Inc.
    Grass Valley, Lander Co.
    ORMAT Nevada Inc.
    Grass Valley, Lander Co.
    ORMAT Nevada Inc.
    Grass Valley, Lander Co.
    PSG Resources LLC
    Silverpeak, Esmeralda Co.
    PSG Resources LLC
    Silverpeak, Esmeralda Co.

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New Mexico

For further information on the New Mexico Geothermal Working Group, contact:

Brian K. Johnson
Geothermal Program Manager
Minerals and Natural Resources Department
New Mexico Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources
Tel: (505) 476-3313
Email: bkjohnson@state.nm.us

  • A California company is taking steps to developing a geothermal power plant on the Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico. The federal government spent more than $100 million to buy approximately 89,000 acres, but did not acquire about 12% of its mineral rights. The owners of those rights leased the geothermal rights to GeoProducts which says that the collapsed volcanic dome is one of the best sites in the world for a geothermal plant. GeoProducts has applied to the state Oil Conservation Division for permission to reopen some old geothermal wells. In addition, GeoProducts petroleum engineer Ken Boren has submitted a proposal to the Western Area Power Administration (Source: " Company wants to develop geothermal plant on Valles Calera preserve," The Associated Press, 7 November 2003).

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North Dakota

No news.

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Oklahoma

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Oregon

For further information on geothermal activities in Oregon, contact:

Diana Enright
Oregon Office of Energy
Tel: (503) 378-8278
Email: diana.enright@state.or.us


No news.

South Dakota

No news.

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Texas

  • Following a successful engineering review, Austin-based Power Tube, Inc. is moving ahead to develop a prototype of its technology for converting the earth's heat into electrical power. The review was conducted by the Center for Electromechanics at The University of Texas at Austin. "Validation of our concept by the researchers at the university is a very important step to bringing our product to market," said Glenn Lovelace, CEO of Power Tube. "Once the prototype development is complete, we will have a product that can produce clean energy at roughly the same cost as fossil fuels from far more locations than are currently available to conventional geothermal energy." For more information: Power Tube news, 18 November 2003.

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Utah

For further information on the Utah Geothermal Working Group, contact:

Bob Blackett
Senior Geologist, Utah Geological Survey
Tel: (435) 865-8139
Email: blackett@suu.edu

  • The Utah State Legislature's Energy Policy Task Force discussed the creation of a sales tax exemption for "energy-related equipment and machinery used in the generation of electricity" at its 5 November meeting. The sales tax exemption was passed out of the task force unanimously but was not passed by the full committee. It will be considered during the legislative session starting in January. For more information, see the Task Force's website.

  • The Utah State BLM held a competitive geothermal lease sale on 9 December. During the sale BLM offered 18 parcels totaling more than 33,800 acres in Beaver, Millard, and Juab Counties. Parcels that received bids (see table below) were located in the Cove Fort-Sulphurdale and Roosevelt Hot Spring areas where two existing geothermal plants are located. The high bid of $9,407 ($10.10 per acre) was received by Recurrent Resources for a Sulphurdale parcel near a geothermal plant they are currently expanding. Leases will be issued for a primary term of 10 years and will continue for as long as geothermal resources are produced in commercial quantities up to 40 years. The last geothermal lease sale in Utah was in 1988. For more information see the Utah BLM website.

    Geothermal
    Parcel No.
    Lease
    No.
    Successful
    Bidder
    002
    UTU-81048
    Recurrent Resources LLC
    016
    UTU-81049
    Recurrent Resources LLC
    018
    UTU-81050
    Recurrent Resources LLC
    019
    UTU-81051
    Recurrent Resources LLC

  • The Utah Geothermal Working Group, the National Geothermal Collaborative, and the Geothermal Resources Council invite you to participate in "Exploring Utah Geothermal Opportunities," on 20 January 2004. The meeting will engage landowners, business owners and developers in the agricultural or industrial sectors, public lands managers, policymakers and staff, energy efficiency advocates, utilities, government representatives , the Farm Bureau, leading geothermal experts, and the USDA in a dialogue to explore issues and opportunities pertaining to geothermal development in Utah. The meeting will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Marriott downtown, 75 South West Temple, Salt Lake City. For more information, email Bob Blackett, Senior Geologist, Utah Geological Survey, at blackett@suu.edu.

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Washington

For further information on geothermal activities in Washington, contact:

Gordon Bloomquist
Geothermal, Hydrothermal & Integrated Energy Systems
Washington State University
Tel: (360) 956-2016
Email: bloomquistr@energy.wsu..edu

  • According to a poll commissioned by the Renew Washington campaign, 90% of Washington voters back efforts to establish more renewable energy and energy efficiency in the state. A clear majority of those polled also agree that more renewable energy sources would benefit the state with jobs, stable electric rates, and increased tax revenues. Conducted by Opinion Dynamics Corporation, a Cambridge, MA-based research firm the survey to assess voter attitudes on energy issues and proposed Energy Portfolio legislation found that nearly two-thirds of the state's voters support standards for utility investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Support was even across party and regional lines (Source: Independent Energy Quarterly, Winter 2003, volume 1, issue 1).

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Wyoming

No news.


Current Solicitations

The following solicitations and requests for proposals may be of interest to geothermal developers and entrepreneurs:

  1. State Innovation Grant Program—U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  2. National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program —USDA
  3. Clean Air Act 103 STAG Funds to Support U.S./Mexico Border Activities—U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  4. Enhanced (Engineered) Geothermal Systems Research and Development—DOE
  5. California Energy Commission Energy Innovations Small Grant (EISG) Program
  6. Research and Development in the Area of Distributed Energy Systems Application Integration—DOE
  7. Geothermal Outreach—DOE

In addition, USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) offers several funding programs which may support agricultural applications of geothermal energy. For more information, see the CSREES Funding Opportunities website.

Lastly, the Green Power Network, a program supported by DOE and managed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, posts requests for proposals associated with renewable resources and green power. You can receive RFP Updates by email by visiting the Green Power Request for Proposal webpage.

1. State Innovation Grant Program
EPA-OPEI-OEPI-04-01

Due 7 January 2004

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting proposals to support innovation by State environmental regulatory agencies.  EPA would like to help States build on previous experience and undertake strategic innovation projects that promote larger-scale models for next generation environmental protection and promise better environmental results.

Mandatory pre-proposals are due 7 January 2004. Final proposals are due "mid-winter." A total of $1 million is expected to be available; 20 awards are anticipated. Cost share is not required but encouraged.

For more information, see the FedGrants website. The full announcement in PDF format may be downloaded at http://www.epa.gov/innovation/stategrants/solicitation-dr1.pdf

2. National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program
USDA-Grants-111703-001

Due 9 January-15 June 2004, depending on program area

The USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) requests proposals for the National Research Initiative (NRI) Competitive Grants Program.

The NRI Program supports research, extension, and education grants which address key problems of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of agriculture (e.g., farming, ranching, forestry including urban and agroforestry, aquiculture, rural communities, human nutrition, processing, etc.). Over 30 areas of interest are identified, including but not limited to watershed processes and water resources, animal reproduction, genetic processes and mechanisms of crop plants, and animal growth and nutrient utilization.

Due dates range from 9 January to 15 June 2004, depending on the area of interest. In FY 2004, approximately $120 to $150 million will be available. Up to 20% will be available for integrated projects; the remaining will be used for research projects.

For more information, see the CSREES NRI Competitive Grants Program website.

3. U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Clean Air Act 103 STAG Funds to Support U.S./Mexico Border
Activities

Due 16 January 2004

Recognizing that pilot projects can spur the development of innovative and progressive air quality management approaches, EPA will provide Federal funding to support innovative projects which address air quality issues along the U.S.-Mexican border.

The funding opportunity will make approximately $2.3 million in 2003/2004 State and Tribal Assistance Grants (STAG) funds available. EPA anticipates that between five and fifteen awards will be made in the range of $25,000 to $600,000 each. In order to be eligible to apply for the STAG funds, an applicant must be a state or local government entity. There is no cost share or matching requirements for these funds.

The type of projects EPA hopes to funds from this competition include installing renewable energy projects in border communities, and working with the States of Texas and/or New Mexico as partners with EPA to produce a bilingual video that highlights practical methods of energy efficiency and renewable energy for border area city officials, staff, and residents.

A proposed workplan not to exceed five pages must be postmarked by 12 midnight on 16 January 2004, Central Standard Time (CST).

For more information, download the PDF document at http://www.epa.gov/earth1r6/6pd/air/pd-s/airgrantcomp.pdf .

4. Enhanced (Engineered) Geothermal Systems Research and Development
DE-PS36-04GO94001

Due 30 January 2004

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is seeking applications for research projects to expand the Enhanced (Engineered) Geothermal Systems (EGS) knowledge base.  Through financial assistance awards, DOE intends to provide financial support for research directed at improving the technology to recover heat from rock with low permeability and at greater depth than presently feasible.

Research areas include:

  • Techniques and tools for fracture mapping and analysis;
  • Techniques and tools of monitoring fracture propagation, fluid flow, and heat transfer (including real-time monitoring);
  • Techniques to create, characterize, stimulate and evaluate fracture(s) and fracture networks; and
  • Subsurface processes affecting fluid flow .

This funding opportunity does not include research on production drilling or surface plant technologies. Field application projects designed to create a working EGS are excluded. Such projects will be the subject of a subsequent solicitation.

Approximately $3 million is expected to be available in FY 2004 for new awards up to three years. DOE anticipates making approximately 20 awards of $50,000-$500,000. A 20% cost share is required.

Applications are due 30 January 2004 by 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time.

The funding opportunity is posted on the DOE e-Center website.

5. California Energy Commission
Energy Innovations Small Grant (EISG) Program
Solicitation 03-03

Due 30 January 2004

The California Energy Commission Energy Innovations Small Grant (EISG) Program provides up to $75,000 to small businesses, non-profits, individuals, and academic institutions to conduct research that establishes the feasibility of new, innovative energy concepts.

Research projects must target one of the six Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program areas, address a California energy problem, and provide a potential benefit to California electric rate payers The six PIER program areas are:

  1. Industrial/Agriculture/Water End-use Efficiency,
  2. Building End-use Efficiency,
  3. Environmentally Preferred Advanced Generation,
  4. Energy-Related Environmental Research, and
  5. Energy Systems Integration.

While there is no requirement for applicants to reside in California or that the work be performed in California, the proposed research must be clearly relevant to California’s electric market.

The Grant Application Manual and supporting documents can be downloaded from the Program Solicitation Notice 03-03 website.

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m., Pacific Time, 30 January 2004.

6. Research and Development in the Area of Distributed Energy Systems Application Integration
RFP No. 6400003574

Due 12 February 2004

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in support of DOE's Distributed Energy (DE) Program in the EER Office is seeking projects that will encourage further widespread adoption and implementation of integrated distributed energy systems consisting of distributed electrical generators (prime movers) combined with equipment utilizing the thermal energy produced by the prime mover.

Projects must address design and engineering, equipment integration and control, and performance monitoring of DE/CHP in an appropriate application. The individual unit capacity of the prime mover must be more than 25 kW net electric and less than 5 MW net electric; however, combinations of units, each within the above range, will be considered. Use of DE to efficiently utilize thermal resources (e.g., cooling, heating and dehumidification), as well as generate electrical power, is required. Allowable forms of thermal utilization include, but are not limited to, absorption chilling, thermally-activated desiccation, and process space heating.

Applications which are of specific interest are healthcare (e.g., hospitals), education (e.g., secondary schools, colleges, universities), hotels, and grocery or supermarket facilities.

Projects must be fully completed, including all documentation, within three years or less of the contract start.

The offeror or team member must be an equipment manufacturer or supplier of integrated, pre-engineered distributed energy systems.

A minimum cost share of 50% is expected. Approximately $1 million of DOE funding per year per subcontract is expected to be awarded.

For more information, see the following PDF documents:

Offers are due 12 February 2004.

7. Geothermal Outreach
DE-PS36-04GO94006

Due 15 March 2004

The DOE EERE Office is requesting applications for communication and outreach projects to supplement the GeoPowering the West (GPW) effort. Through financial assistance awards, DOE intends to provide financial support to States in the Denver and Seattle Regions. The Denver Region covers LA, TX,, OK, NM, CO, UT, WY, MT, SD, ND, and NE. The Seattle Region covers AK, HI, WA, OR, ID, NV, CA, AZ, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

The purpose of the outreach is to encourage, educate, and persuade public and private officials to incorporate geothermal energy in their renewable energy portfolios. Applications are sought in four areas:

  1. Outreach and Education for Geothermal Development,
  2. Trade Missions,
  3. Geothermal Resource Information, and
  4. Cost Benefit Analyses.

DOE anticipates making 4-8 awards of $25,000 to $100,000 for projects up to two years. A total of $500,000 is available.

The full announcement is posted on the IIPS website.

Responses are due by 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time, 15 March 2004.

 

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