Rod Colwell, CEO and founding director of Controlled Thermal Resources, discusses geothermal energy within the Salton Sea area of California, why geothermal energy is a good investment for investors and the future of the geothermal energy market.Read More
By laying the foundation for one of the biggest and most modern battery factories, Daimler AG is setting new standards in the international automotive industry, thereby taking the next strategic step in its electric offensive.Read More
California’s large geothermal fields host more than 40 geothermal power plants. The Salton Sea region is considered the most abundant geothermal resource in the nation, reportedly containing significant amounts of lithium, manganese and zinc—essential materials for the battery and energy storage markets. In 2016, California and the U.S. Department of the Interior signed an agreement to work together on managing and developing the Salton Sea’s resources.Read More
For all the excitement and hype over the advent of wind and solar as sources of alternative energy, one would think that others would be invited to the party, too. And while some have been — hydro and nuclear power, in particular — one source has yet to really cut loose.Read More
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Three and a half hours east of Los Angeles lies the Salton Sea, a manmade oasis in the heart of the Mojave Desert. It was created in 1905, when a canal broke and the Colorado River flooded the desert for more than a year. The Sea became a tourist hotspot in the 1950's, perfect for swimming, boating, and kayaking. But now, people are coming here looking for something else.
Jim Turner is the chief operating officer of Controlled Thermal Resources, an energy company from Australia. On a hill overlooking the Salton Sea, he points out a patch of land that will someday house his company's first power plant, named Hell's Kitchen.
"We're standing on top of what is probably the most robust geothermal resource in the United States," he explains.Read More
The Trump administration is looking to carve out a place for geothermal energy in its energy abundance agenda, starting several initiatives to help the undervalued renewable resource expand beyond the volcanic Pacific region.
Geothermal power plants are one of the few renewable energy resources, outside of hydroelectric dams, that can provide a source of 24-hour-a-day electricity without interruption, known as baseload power. Arguably, geothermal is becoming more reliable than hydropower, given water scarcity issues in the West.Read More
President Trump’s idea of US energy dominance is exclusive to fossil fuels. Nevertheless, his central premise — “innovation and new technology have opened trillions of dollars of energy for development” — can be equally applied to the vast wind, solar, hydro, and geothermal resources at the country’s disposal.
It looks like the Trump administration is gearing up for a new round of R&D that could propel the US geothermal industry out of the doldrums.
On December 13, the office announced the first steps toward an R&D program seeking ways to lower the cost of drilling.
Drilling accounts for about half the cost of geothermal development, so focusing on that angle should produce high impact results.Read More
Controlled Thermal Resources (CTR) has won the Project of the Year Award for Sustainability for its Hell’s Kitchen geothermal project in the Salton Sea at the 9th North American Infrastructure Leadership Forum, in San Francisco on October 29, 2017, CTR announced Monday.
CTR is one of a team of geothermal project developers who aim to construct and operate the largest geothermal power plant in the Imperial Valley. Another team is planning the engineering, construction, and operation of a companion plant that will use a proprietary carbon-dioxide-negative technology to recover minerals such as lithium from the geothermal plant’s brine before it is re-injected into the reservoir. Operating together, the plants will compose a CO2-negative, renewable-energy power producer.Read More
We are very pleased to announce that the Hell’s Kitchen Geothermal Power Station won the Project of the Year Award for Sustainability at the 9th North American Infrastructure Leadership Forum, in San Francisco this week.
Great news for the Salton Sea, Imperial Valley and Geothermal development.Read More
Released at the end of August, the Department of Energy's grid study concluded that the reliability of the bulk power system is strong today, but changes in the resource mix could present challenges in the future. The report urged federal regulators to begin examining how to better compensate generators for the services they provide for reliability and resilience if it finds reliability is threatened.Read More
When we hear people talk about renewable energy, solar and wind power are usually the first couple sources that come to mind. But what about the others? In this article, we will focus on geothermal energy costs. Geothermal is a renewable energy source with very high potential that, in our opinion, is underrated for its generation of both electricity and heating/cooling energy.Read More
It doesn’t take much of a stretch of the imagination to think of a world powered by renewable energy. It is fast becoming necessary - to cut air pollution and combat climate change.
California is a really exciting example of a state trying to change the status quo. It was wonderful to read about how Senate President Kevin de León has put forward a plan to produce 100 per cent renewable energy within California’s electricity grid by 2045.Read More
California is quickening its pace in its plan to achieve 100% renewable energy — now by 2045. If the law is passed as expected, California's influence on clean energy and climate change will grow and the state will become the nation's de facto leader.Read More
Lawmakers and environmentalists gathered on Treasure Island to witness Governor Jerry Brown sign Assembly Bill 398 authored by California State Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella). AB 398 would extend California’s “Cap and Trade” program to 2030. Previously the program was set to expire in 2020.
Cap and trade puts a limit on carbon emissions and requires polluters to obtain permits to release greenhouse gases. Some permits, known as allowances, are given away while others are auctioned, generating billions of dollars in revenue for the state. The money is a key funding source for a planned high-speed train between San Francisco and Los Angeles, one of Brown's priorities.Read More
California lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to extend the state's cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases through 2030.
The bipartisan, supermajority votes in both the state Assembly and Senate late Monday gave a major victory to Gov. Jerry Brown (D), who has been pushing hard to extend the landmark climate change program in the world’s sixth largest economy.
It also serves as a significant example of California’s willingness to fight climate change while the Trump administration and congressional Republicans work to dismantle Obama-era climate policies.Read More
The reason for the alarm? The request mentioned government mandates and subsidies, which have driven wind and solar energy's growth, as possible drivers of reliability concerns. The industry lobbyists are right to be sensitive. Despite constantly touting the rapidly falling cost of wind and solar, industry growth over the next decade depends on mandates and subsidies.Read More
"In general, it's going to be renewables in, gas out, so you've got that sort of long, slow good-night of lots of gas," said Jim Caldwell, a senior technical consultant with the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, a Sacramento think tank that has been advocating for regulators to reconsider their grid policies to better account for renewables and climate change.Read More
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) continues to invest in clean energy technologies to strengthen our domestic energy independence. To improve technologies from the onset, the Geothermal Technologies Office is focusing on rare earths and critical materials recovery—the building blocks in many clean energy applications.
Critical materials—lithium, manganese and some rare-earth elements—play a vital role in producing many clean energy technologies, including solar panels, wind turbines, electric vehicles, and energy-saving lighting and energy storage. For example, rare-earth elements are used in devices such as iPads, smartphones and flat-screen televisions; indium is present in the liquid crystal displays of many of the same devices. Manganese is essential for hardening iron into steel and reducing corrosion in aluminum cans. Many clean energy technologies, including wind turbines, energy-efficient lighting, electric vehicles, and thin-film solar cells require various critical materials to function.Read More
Investments in Renewable Energy to Top US$7 Trillion by 2040
Rather than focusing on political commitments, the New Energy Outlook models how the changing costs of renewable and conventional energy may change the future energy landscape and resulting risks and opportunities. The 2017 edition finds that thanks to faster than expected declines in the cost of wind and solar power, renewable energy will account for majority of the expected US$10.2 trillion in energy investments up to 2040.Read More
Gil Rebollar delves into the Salton Sea Hells Kitchen Geothermal project with CEO Rod Colwell. Listen here:Read More