Green Green:  Financing News for the U.S. Geothermal Industry


Volume 3, Number 2
28 February 2002

HOT NEWS

Solicitations & RFPs

ID Geothermal Energy Working Group Holds 3rd Meeting

Clean Energy Funds Network

World Bank Guarani Aquifer System Project

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Upcoming Events

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Solicitations & RFPs

The following solicitations and requests for proposals (RFPs) may be of interest to the U.S. geothermal community:

  1. State Energy Program (SEP) FY 2002 Special Projects,
  2. Technical Assistance for the Renewable Energy Program (500-01-503),
  3. Enhanced Geothermal Systems (DE-PS07-02ID14264),
  4. Renewable Energy Development on Tribal Lands (DE-PS36-02GO92006),
  5. Geothermal Resource and Exploration Definition (GRED), and
  6. FY 2002 EERE Broad-based Solicitation.

They are listed in order of their deadlines.

Due 15 March

State Energy Program (SEP) FY 2002 Special Projects. In 2002, for the seventh year, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is offering States the opportunity to apply to undertake a variety of Special Projects under SEP. Approximately $18.5 million will be available for projects. Projects must not exceed 24 months.

End-use Sector Participant 6.62: State Geothermal Energy Support, has $475,000 available for an estimated six projects. The Federal share of the total project cost must not exceed $100,000. At least 25% of project costs must be from non-Federal funds; 50% cost-share is desired. Proposals are restricted to States in the Denver and Seattle Regions, and are requested in:

  • Benefit/Cost Analyses,
  • Information Clearinghouses, and
  • State Trade Missions.

Applications must be received at the relevant DOE Regional Office no later than 15 March. For more information, see the SEP Corner Cafe web site.

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Due 27 March

Technical Assistance for the Renewable Energy Program (500-01-503). The California Energy Commission (CEC) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to solicit proposals that will lead to the selection of a Contractor and a team of subcontractors to provide technical support to the CEC's Renewable Energy Program (REP). Bidders are asked to propose data collection efforts; incentive levels and structures; engineering, economic, and institutional analyses; and allocation and administrative procedures that will most effectively assist the REP in efficiently providing incentive support to California’s renewable industries.

There is a maximum of $2.7 million available for a three-year contract resulting from this RFP. The deadline to submit proposals is 27 March 2002. For more information, see the CEC's Contracts web page.

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Due 1 April

Enhanced Geothermal Systems (DE-PS07-02ID14264). The DOE Idaho Operations Office is seeking applications for the development of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) to expand production from geothermal resources. For purposes of this solicitation, EGS are defined as engineered reservoirs created to extract heat from economically unproductive geothermal resources. EGS projects are sought to improve reservoir productivity and lifetime through the application of either conventional or novel engineering techniques. The objective of this solicitation is to bring new geothermal resources into production using EGS to generate electric power.

Over the next five to six years, approximately $10 million in federal funds will be made available. About $500,000 is expected to be available in fiscal year 2002 to fund one to two awards. Cost share is required.

The SF 424, and the technical application must have an Industry Interactive Procurement System (IIPS) transmission time stamp of not later than 5:00 PM (Eastern Time) on 1 April 2002.

The solicitation is available through the DOE IIPS web site.

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Due 6 May 2002

Renewable Energy Development on Tribal Lands (DE-PS36-02GO92006). DOE's Tribal Energy Program promotes tribal energy self-sufficiency and fosters employment and economic development on Tribal Lands. Under this solicitation, DOE will solicit applications from Federally recognized Tribes or Alaskan Native Corporations, on whose Tribal Lands the project will be located, to either: 1) conduct feasibility studies for the development of economically sustainable renewable energy installations on Tribal Lands; or 2) implement sustainable renewable energy development projects. Electrical generation and direct use geothermal projects are eligible.

Subject to funding availability, total DOE funding available under this solicitation is approximately $2.5 million. DOE anticipates selecting 10-15 feasibility study applications and 3-5 development project applications. Awards will be from one to three years. A minimum cost share of 20% is required for development projects.

The solicitation is available through the DOE Golden Field Office Home Page under "Solicitations," or through the DOE IIPS web site. Responses are due 6 May 2002, 4:00 PM, Mountain Time.

A pre-application conference is planned for 20 March in Denver in conjunction with the Council of Energy Resource Tribes Sustainability Conference.

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Solicitation to be issued March or April 2002

Geothermal Resource and Exploration Definition (GRED). The Geothermal Resource Exploration and Definition (GRED) program is a cooperative effort by DOE and the U.S. geothermal industry to evaluate additional geothermal resources throughout the western United States, and to promote their development and increase geothermal electrical power generation. Total DOE funds committed to the cost-shared program over three years is $4.4 million. Seven awards were made in August 2000:

  1. Rye Patch, NV
  2. Blue Mountain, NV
  3. Cover Fort-Sulphurdale, UT
  4. Fourmile Hill, CA
  5. Steamboat, NV
  6. U-Boat, NV
  7. Lightning Dock KGRA, NM

DOE plans a second solicitation in March or April 2002. For more information, contact Norm Warpinski at Sandia National Laboratories at Tel: (505) 844-3640, or Email.

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FY 2002 EERE Broad-based Solicitation. To be issued by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. For more information, see DOE IIPS web site.

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ID Geothermal Energy Working Group Holds 3rd Meeting

Twenty-one people, representing a range of stakeholder interests, attended the third meeting of the Idaho Geothermal Energy Working Group Steering Committee in Boise on 6 February. The Energy Division of the Idaho Department of Water Resources (IDWR) hosted the meeting.

The meeting covered several items:

  • An update on the progress of the state's geothermal resource assessment, including plans to focus on three or four areas that have significant geothermal power generation and direct use potential;
  • The Idaho legislature's growing interest in developing renewable energy resources to increase the state's energy security and revitalize its rural areas;
  • The Idaho Public Utilities Commission's plans to take up avoided cost issues this summer, which may provide significant impetus for renewable energy development in the state;
  • A presentation on water policies that affect the development and use of geothermal energy in Idaho; and
  • A discussion of the Idaho Geothermal Energy Development Strategic Plan which is expected to be in its final draft by the end of February.

After the meeting, participants were given a tour of the new Ada County Courthouse which is heated by geothermal energy.

Ada County Courthouse
Ada County Courthouse
Photo provided by Bob Neilson, Jr., Idaho National Engineering & Environmental Laboratory

For more information on the Idaho Geothermal Energy Working Group, email Mr. Gerry Galinato of IDWR.

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Clean Energy Funds Network

Fourteen states across the U.S. have established funds to promote renewable energy and clean energy technologies. The Clean Energy Funds Network (CEFN) is a non-profit project that provides information and technical services to these funds and works with them to build and expand clean energy markets in the United States.

Between 1998 and 2012, roughly $3.5 billion will be collected by the 14 states. California, whose fund will collect at least $135 million per year through 2011, accounts for more than half of all funding. Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey are the next largest funds, each collecting on average $20-$30 million per year ("Clean Energy Funds: An Overview of State Support for Renewable Energy, April 2001). Geothermal electricity is eligible under many of the funds, but is frequently a strong target for support only where economic resource potential exists in the West.

The CEFN web site provides information about the state funds—sometimes called system benefit charge (SBC) programs—including a library of documents and links about state funds and renewable energy, a database of actual projects being funded by state funds, and a monthly e-newsletter.

The 14 states are California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin.

CEFN is funded by the Energy Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Surdna Foundation.

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World Bank Guarani Aquifer System Project

The World Bank's Global Environment Facility (GEF) plans to negotiate a new $13.4 million project to preserve the Guarani Aquifer System of South America. The objective of the project is to help Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay jointly elaborate and implement a common institutional and technical framework for the system, including exploring the development of the Guarani Aquifer System’s geothermal energy potential. Negotiations are tentatively scheduled for February 2002.

Consulting serviced may be required. For more information, contact:

  • Brazil: Ministério do Meio Ambiente, Secretaria de Recursos Hidricos- CODEVASF, SGAN Quadra 601, lote 1, Ed. 7 4o andar. CEP 70.830-90. Brasília;
  • Paraguay: Dirección General de Recursos Hídricos-Secretaria del Ambiente (SEAM), Avenida Madame Lynch 3500, Asunción; and
  • Uruguay: Ministerio de Transportes y Obras Públicas, Dirección Nacional de Hidrografía, Rincón 575 2º Piso, Montevideo 11000, Uruguay.

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  • The Export-Import Bank of the United States is creating an Advisory Committee on Renewable Energy Exports. The Committee will consist of 12 members who will provide advice and recommendations to Ex-Im Bank concerning non-nuclear renewable energy exports. For more information, contact James Lambright, Committee Management Officer, Tel: (202) 565-3515.
  • Update your bookmarks. The International Geothermal Association (IGA) has a new URL: http://iga.igg.cnr.it/. Look for a new version of the site coming in early March.
  • A recently completed Magneto-Telluric (M-T) geophysical survey of the Meager Creek Geothermal Project in British Columbia, Canada supports the model of a large, high-temperature geothermal reservoir. The M-T survey showed a central mass of low-resistivity under Pylon Peak, suggesting an upflow zone. A shallower low-resistivity anomaly exists to the south, suggesting a possible outflow plume. The results of the independent analysis were announced by North Pacific GeoPower Corp., a subsidiary of Crew Development Corp. last month. A two year, test drilling program is underway at Meager Creek, to determine if the prime geothermal prospect is an economically viable resource.
  • Ormat Industries will supply two power plants to Costa Rica at a cost of $18.7 million. Under the deal, which is financed by the Inter-America Development Bank, Ormat will provide the power plants, construction materials, and engineering services to the Central American country. Under terms of the agreement, which is expected to be signed in March, the plants will be delivered one year after details are finalized. The plants are capable of delivering a gross output of 18 MW of geothermal power.
  • The Indonesian House of Representatives formed a team to draft a bill on geothermal energy in December 2001. The government transferred geothermal supervisory rights from state-owned Pertamina to the regions in May 2000. According to the Indonesian Geothermal Association (INAGA), the country has more than 244 geothermal energy fields across the nation with a potential power generation capacity of 20,000 MW. There is no deadline for the team to finalize the draft.
  • The Fiji Electricity Authority (FEA) met with U.S. Embassy staff in January to discuss developing its renewables resources specifically those which can be provided on a community or household basis, e.g., fuel cells, solar panels, and wind power. The FEA is confident that the government will provide incentives (tax breaks and elimination of import duties) to make renewables cost-effective. Fiji has an estimated geothermal power generation potential of 70-150 MWe (Preliminary Report, April 1999, Geothermal Energy Association). For more information, contact the U.S. Embassy Commercial Section.
  • A small-scale geothermal power unit from Ormat began generating electricity for the Hundertwasser's Rogner-Bad Blumau Hotel and Spa in Austria late last year. With a capacity of 100-250 kW, the Rankine cycle unit uses 230ºF water from a local geothermal well to produce. It was installed in less than a week.

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Upcoming Events

March August
April September
May October
June November
July December
2003 2004

6-8 March
Web site: World Sustainable Energy Day 2002
Wels, Austria
The conference will showcase outstanding projects and initiatives in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources from all over the world and inform about the latest development in energy politics. A special program element is the presentation of the winners of the Energy Globe Award 2002--the prize for sustainable energy projects.

10-12 March
Web site: Critical Issues Series: Energy and a Sustainable Planet
Held in conjunction with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers 2002 Spring Meeting
New Orleans, LA

13-14 March
Web site: 23rd Annual PNOC-EDC Geothermal Conference
Manila, Makati City, Philippines

13-15 March
Web site: GLOBE 2002
7th Biennial Conference & Trade Fair on Business and the Environment
Vancouver, BC, Canada
International leaders in the business of the environment will convene to discuss how major developments in energy policy and sustainable development can be translated into technology solutions and business opportunities.

14-22 March
Web site: Iceland Deep Drilling Project Workshop
Reykjavik, Iceland

17-21 March
Web site: EPRI's VIIth Distributed Resources Conference and Exhibition
Dallas, TX
The conference will focus on three areas--technology, business, and regulations--which are key to the emergence of Distributed Resources as an energy option for North America and the world.

18-20 March
Web site: Latin American & Caribbean Opportunities Conference
Washington, DC
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (TDA)-sponsored conference will highlight 60 projects in Latin America representing business opportunities for U.S. companies. Projects are in the early preparation stage or have been recently approved for financing by the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, and the Andean Development Corporation. U.S. companies will be presented with a briefing book outlining projects and have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with the key bank task managers and project sponsors.

19 March
PDF file: South America: Promoting Integration and Development Through Enhanced Energy Supply
Washington, D.C.
The conference will define South America's energy needs over the medium term; identify regulatory, policy, resource, and other constraints that the countries of South America face; and suggest appropriate initiatives and policy responses for overcoming those constraints and for meeting energy needs.

19-20 March
Web site: Eleventh National Capital Forum
Energy & Environmental Capital Network
Walnut Creek, CA

19-21 March
Web site: Electric Power 2002 Exhibition and Conference
St. Louis, MO
The Electric Power 2002 Exhibition and Conference has been selected by the U.S. Department of Commerce to participate in its International Buyer Program, one of only 28 events chosen and the only one serving the power sector. With this designation, U.S. Embassies and commercial offices throughout the world will actively encourage buying delegations to attend the conference.

20-21 March
Web site: Grid Business: The Midwest Region
A Platts Executive Roundtable in cooperation with R.J. Rudden Associates and the United States Energy Association
St. Louis, MO

20-23 March
Web site: Building Energy Conference
Tufts University
Medford, MA

24-27 March
9th International Symposium on Experimental Mineralogy, Petrology, and Geochemistry (EMPG IX)
Zurich, Switzerland
Email: Department of Earth Sciences, Institute for Mineralogy and Petrography, ETH Zentrum

25-28 March
MinTek 2002: 6th Russian International Mining, Exploration and Mining Equipment Exhibition
Moscow, Russia
Email: Oleg Netchaev

26 March
Northwest Geothermal Working Group Meeting (Washington and Oregon)
Portland, OR
Email: Gordon Bloomquist, Washington State University, Energy Program

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2-3 April
Web site: Implementing Renewable Energy Projects
Washington, D.C.
Addressing the objectives of Executive Order 13123, Greening of the Government, this Federal Energy Management Program workshop is an introductory course which covers cost-effective, renewable energy technologies for new and retrofit construction, electricity generation, and green power procurement.

4 April
Geothermal Energy in New Mexico; Getting Reacquainted With the Possibilities
Albuquerque, NM
Email: Shirley Lopez, Tel: (505) 844-6333
This event will focus on the geothermal resources within the State of New Mexico, characteristics of its appropriate use, and the energy and regulatory environments in which it must operate. The State's geothermal stakeholders will be in attendance for review of current activities. Senator Jeff Bingaman will provide the Keynote Address on Comprehensive Energy Legislation.
The conference is sponsored by the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department; the U.S. Department of Energy; and Sandia National Laboratories

8-9 April
Web site: Colorado Wind & Distributed Energy: Renewable for Rural Prosperity
Denver, CO
Presented by: the Colorado Governor's Office of Energy Management and Conservation, the U.S. Department of Energy: Wind Powering America, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the Western Area Power Administration.

15-20 April
Web site: Energy 2002
In conjunction with Hannover Fair 2002
Hannover, Germany

18 April
PDF file: 2002 International Energy Project Financing Conference
Sponsored by the California Energy Commission
San Francisco, CA
Email: Tambu Kisoki or Jennifer Williams
The conference will bring together financing firms, power and energy developers, government financial institutions, and other key decisionmakers to share information on energy project financing in international markets. The focus will be on projects which require less than $100 million in capital investment.

18-19 April
Web site: Introduction to Geothermal Energy Workshop
University of Nevada, Reno
Desert Research Institute
Presented by the Geothermal Resources Council, with the DOE GeoPowering the West Program, and the Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy

22-23 April
Mexican Energy 2002
Houston, TX
Email: Babette van Gessel

22-24 April
Web site: 3rd Latin American and Caribbean Gas and Electricity Congress
Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Organized by Camara Boliviana de Hidrocarburos, CIER, and SPE Internacional

22-24 April
Email: Renewable Energy Summit
London, United Kingdom

24-26 April
Web site: XV Argentine Geological Congress
El Calafate, Santa Cruz Province, Argentina

25-26 April
Web site: 1st Energy Regulation & Investment Conference
Budapest, Hungary

29 April-2 May
Web site: Defense Energy Support Center 2002 Worldwide Energy Conference
Washington, D.C.
The Defense Energy Support Center (DESC) Worldwide Energy Conference is the vital forum where the most important individuals in the federal energy market meet to forge new alliances with the industry partners that can help them in their new and revised mission. The theme is "Partnering for Total Energy Solutions." The conference's objective is to exchange information on an array of energy topics of interest to our customers and suppliers in industry--topics that will help us all stay current on both federal and defense programs and the latest technologies in use in the private sector.

8 May
3rd Annual Early Stage Capital Forum
Energy & Environmental Capital Network
Boston, MA

8-12 May
Asian Development Bank (ADB) Annual Meeting
Shanghai, China
Email: Stewart Ballard, Director, U.S. Commercial Liaison Office for the ADB
Tel: (63-2) 887-1345, Fax: (63-2) 887-1164
The U.S. Commercial Liaison Office for the ADB will help facilitate access to ADB Annual Meeting seminars for about 25 U.S. non-financial firms and will arrange appointments at the side U.S.- China event in advance for U.S. firms.

12-15 May
Web site: 8th National Clean Cities Conference
Oklahoma City, OK
The National Clean Cities Program is a voluntary, locally based, government-industry partnership that mobilizes local stakeholders in order to expand the adoption of alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles.

19-24 May
Web site: Energex 2002 Conference
Cracow, Poland
Organized by the Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute

20-22 May
Web site: ENERLAC 2002
5th Conference on Energy in Latin America and the Caribbean
Panama City, Panama

27-30 May
Web site: 64th European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) Conference & Exhibition
Florence, Italy

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2-6 June
Web site: Energy 2002
Palm Springs, CA
The workshop is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program, and cosponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. General Services Administration.

2-7 June
Web site: Sustainable Development of Energy, Water, and Environment Systems
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Organized by the University of Zagreb and the Instituto Superior Tecnico; sponsored by UNESCO

4-7 June
Email: 2nd Balkan International Power Generation, Transmission & Distribution Exhibition
Belgrade, FR Yugoslavia

9-11 June
Web site: WEC Regional Energy Forum: Energy and European Integration
Neptun, Romania
Organized by the World Energy Council

11-13 June
Web site: PowerGen Europe 2002: Generating Ideas for Power
Fiera Milano, Milan, Italy

24-25 June
PDF file: Eurelectric Conference "Worldwide Energy Liberalization: Building on Lessons Learned"
Leipzig, Germany

29 June-5 July
Web site: VII World Renewable Energy Congress & Exhibition: "Renewables-World's Best Energy Option"
Cologne, Germany

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1-3 July
Web site: Renewable Energy Expo 2002
Koln Messe, Cologne, Germany

28 July-1 August
Web site: State Energy Program-Rebuild America Conference
New Orleans, LA

10-11 September
Web site: Renewable Energy in Maritime Island Climates (REMIC)
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Email: Mrs. C. Buckle, The Solar Energy Society

22-25 September
Web site: Geothermal Resources Council 2002 Annual Meeting: The Baseload Renewable Resource
Reno, NV

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1-4 October
6th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies
Kyoto, Japan
Organized by the GHGT-6 Secretariat
Email: Norifumi Matsumiya

9-11 October
9th Annual Africa Upstream 2002
Cape Town, South Africa
Email: Babette van Gessel

18-20 October
Web site: Geothermal Energy Resources for Developing Countries
Short Course held in conjunction with the XXXII International Association for Hydrogeologists Congress on Groundwater and Human Development
Mar del Plata, Argentina
The main aim of the course is to widen the knowledge in the field of geothermal energy resources among researchers, academicians, industrialists, agriculturalists, planners, and policy makers from various countries, using methods which are generally employed in studies related to groundwater resources.

21-25 October
Web site: XXXII International Association for Hydrogeologists Congress on Groundwater and Human Development
Mar del Plata, Argentina

22-24 October
Web site: Sustainable Energy Expo 2002
Olympia, London

6-9 November
II International Renewable Energy Source Symposium
Santiago, Chile
Email: Ruben Ramos Heredia, Centro de Investigaciones de Energia Solar

13-14 November
International Energy Conference & Exposition
Reno, NV
Email: Petro-Tech Expos
The conference will address current and future energy-related issues and discuss solutions. Representatives of the government, along with all sectors of the energy industry, e.g., oil, natural gas, geothermal, solar, wind, and hydropower, will present new ideas, technologies, products, and services that will benefit the entire energy industry.

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2003
25-30 May
Web site: European Geothermal Conference 2003
Szeged, Hungary

14-17 September
Web site: International Geothermal Conference: "Multiple Integrated Use of Geothermal Resources"
Reykjavik, Iceland
The main objectives of the IGC-2003 are: to provide an international forum for the exchange of ideas, experiences, and knowledge relating to engineering, environmental, financial, and scientific issues of multiform geothermal development; to demonstrate the indisputable benefits that may be attained from integrated and multi-use of geothermal energy with respect to environmental, socio-economic, and pure commercial considerations; and to identify barriers to widespread geothermal development, e.g., legal issues, risk, public attitude, and scarcity of funding, and their mitigation.

2004
16-26 August
Web site: 32nd International Geological Congress
Florence, Italy
Email: Matteo Moscatelli, Newtours SpA

5-10 September
Web site: 19th World Energy Congress
Sydney, Australia

2005
To be determined
World Geothermal Congress 2005
Antalya, Turkey
WGC2005 First Announcement

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