geothermal power

Hawaii Residents Raise Serious Concerns about PGV, Geothermal Energy’s Clean Energy Credentials

Open venting of geothermal gases and liquids rife with toxic chemicals and heavy metals, poor environmental monitoring, control and reporting, lax oversight and a particularly troubling, even seemingly nonchalant disregard for residents’ repeated requests to local government and state authorities to investigate their concerns and claims are just some of the issues raised by residents living near the Puna Geothermal Venture.

European Investment Bank to Support Caribbean Islands’ Geothermal Energy Project

A grant from the European Investment Bank will finance a feasibility study of building grid connections between geothermal power plants on Dominica to the neighboring islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. Caribbean nations are increasingly looking to develop renewable energy resources as key enablers of achieving Millennium Development Goals and significantly reducing their reliance on polluting, imported fossil fuels.

Imperial Valley’s Unique Combination of Solar and Geothermal Resources Make it a Hotbed of Renewable…

California’s Imperial Valley is rich in solar and geothermal energy resources, but its drive to build itself into a clean, renewable energy hub is creating some controversy among the local community, which in large part has been built around agriculture. County commissioners on Tuesday approved LS Power’s application to build the Centinela 275-MW solar photovoltaic energy array on private farmland, bringing the debate, and tensions, to the fore.

Africa at the Energy Crossroads: Ethiopia Launches 6 Wind, 1 Geothermal Power Project

Ethiopia’s ramping up its clean energy power production with the announcement that construction’s beginning on six wind power and one geothermal power project. A regional energy “powerhouse,” the wind and geothermal power projects are viewed as complementary to Ethiopia’s substantial hydropower resources, and are viewed as central to the East African nation’s economic development plans.

Geothermal Energy Could Power Entire U.S. (Maybe)

Google is dipping its toes in renewable energy – according to Science Daily, it provided a grant to SMU Geothermal Laboratory which indicates a pretty hefty amount of geothermal power lurking across the United States. The total amount of available power is claimed to be more than three million megawatts (current coal power plants produce 300,000 megawatts, for the curious). Maps are viewable on Google Earth (where else?) and SMU believes that they are accessible with current technology.