Ta'an Kwäch'än Council, the Da Daghay Development Corporation, and the Yukon Geological Survey have formed a new partnership to explore the potential for geothermal energy projects on settlement land near Whitehorse.
The project will measure deep geothermal temperatures near Takhini Hot Springs for up to a year.
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CanGEA and Borealis GeoPower Inc. were recently featured in the Nunavut News regarding their bid for the Nunavut Geothermal Feasibility study. To download and read the article, click here! Or, see image below.
Two Written Submissions and a Technical Presentation to the British Columbia Utilities Commission Regarding the Site C Inquiry
BC Hydro received approval from the provincial government to begin construction on Site C, an $8.8 billion project to construct a third dam and generating station on the Peace River in northeast BC, in December 2014. Site C is an exempt project under the Clean Energy Act, which means that the BCUC has no jurisdiction over the project. However, under section 5 of the Utilities Commission Act, the Lieutenant Governor in Council can set terms of reference and direct the BCUC to inquire into any matter.
In response to a growing public concern regarding the construction of Site C, the BCUC was directed to examine the financial impact on BC Hydro ratepayers associated with continuing, suspending or terminating the Site C project.
As previously mentioned in our BC policy updates, CanGEA made a submission to the preliminary report on August 30, 2017. Since then, the CanGEA Policy Team, led by Nathan Coles, have made two other submissions. Additionally, on October 14, Alison Thompson, Chair of CanGEA, presented at the Technical Input Session in Vancouver in front of the BCUC.
The first submission of October 10 was a Response to the British Columbia Utilities Commission Site C Inquiry Preliminary Report. The submission was focused on addressing a range of questions posed by the BCUC as well as addressing comments made by BC Hydro that geothermal energy was not a viable source of energy for British Columbia.
The second submission of October 18 was Comments on the Alternative Portfolios. The second submission was focused on addressing the absence of geothermal energy from the alternative portfolio of renewable sources prepared by the Panel.
The report argued that information used to dismiss geothermal energy as a viable source was flawed, then explained why geothermal should be a part of the alternative portfolio and considered for future energy source options.
Both reports are available via their title link in this update as well as the Technical Input Session presentation.
October 10, 14 and 18
A project being undertaken by Alberta Geothermal to repurpose suspended oil wells and instead use them to generate geothermal energy is now moving forward. Mayor Stephen Lindop commented saying, "“It's a huge, huge opportunity. Instead of searching for oil and gas they would just drill for heat, down to known heat zones all across the province of Alberta. And they would change the heat into electricity.”
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Geothermal heating in Springhill, Nova Scotia is no new thing, however, more recently the town of Springhill has hired the Cumberland Energy Authority to further investigate the town's geothermal potential. The project is being led by Devin MacAskill, who is an energy expert from Cape Breton University. The team is tasked with building on the existing research on Springhill's underground system.
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ThinkGeoEnergy posted an article featuring the web portal to access the Canadian National Geothermal Database for British Columbia, Alberta, and Yukon established by CanGEA, in conjunction with the Geothermal Resource Estimate Maps of Alberta & British Columbia and in support of Open Data. This open-source platform responds to one of the industry's barriers to geothermal energy development and deployment: the difficulty in accessing and integrating technical data in a digital format.
To read the rest of ThingGeoEnergy's article, written by Alexander Richter, click here.
To access the Canadian National Geothermal Database, click here.
The UNESCO-IGCP Group 636 on Geothermal Energy is hosting its 2nd meeting in Chile during the week of November 21st. This group aims at unifying international research forces to unlock and strengthen geothermal exploitation of the Americas and Europe. Details about the meeting can be found here.
Any researcher is welcome to participate and submit an extended abstract here.
September 5th, 2017.
A document with CanGEA's recommendations was submitted for inclusion in the Budget Update of September 11, 2017.
The submission was addressed to the Hon. Carole James, MLA, Minister of Finance and Deputy Premier. Additionally, it was sent to the following MLA's: John Horgan, Michelle Mungall, George Heyman, Andrew Weaver, Rich Coleman.