CanGEA Members Featured in New Desmog Canada Article, "Why a Small Alberta Oil and Gas Town is Pursuing Geothermal Power."
Yesterday, CanGEA members the Town of Hinton, the Town of Valemount, and Borealis GeoPower were featured in Desmog Canada's article titled, "Why a Small Alberta Oil and Gas Town is Pursuing Geothermal Power."
Check out the article here!
March 20, 2018
The 2018 federal budget was released on February 27, 2018 and included measures to extend one of CanGEA’s 2017 policy victories. The Accelerated Capital Cost Allowance, which geothermal projects are now eligible for has been extended to 2025. CanGEA acknowledges and thanks the government of Canada for extending this valuable program that geothermal developers are already benefitting from.
February 27, 2018
Presentation on how geothermal heat could be utilized from oil & gas wells
Utilizing geothermal energy from oil and gas wells has become a hot topic and is seeing increasing interest both from a development perspective, but also from a technical and government perspective. Earlier this week, the federal government in Canada announced funding for some research work on the topic.
But to provide some details on what is talked about in this context, there is a good presentation shared yesterday. In it, Alison Thompson, Chair of the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA) provides background and details on geothermal energy could be utilised from oil and gas wells.
Full ThinkGeoEnergy article
February 8, 2018
Exploring the viability of capturing geothermal heat from re-purposed oil and gas wells in Hinton, AB
Supporting technologies that advance environmental objectives, create jobs and stimulate growth in the clean technology sector is a priority for the Government of Canada.
On February 6, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), announced $400,000 for an engineering and design initiative to determine the viability of a Geothermal District Energy System in the Town of Hinton. The Government of Alberta and Alberta Innovates will provide a total of $800,000, bringing the investment amount for the Town of Hinton’s project to $1.2 million. The proposed system would produce renewable geothermal heat from marginally producing oil and gas wells to heat the town’s public buildings.
Canada's Innovation Agenda promotes clean growth, good jobs and higher living standards for the middle class. The investment announced today is an example of this vision in action.
February 6, 2018
5-year $700 million investment in Clean Technology in Canada
Last week, the federal government announced a 5-year $700 million investment in clean technology through the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). The BDC will make investments in clean tech producers showing strong potential.
Canadian clean technology companies produce innovative and competitive technologies that use less energy or reduce negative impacts on the environment. Through this investment, BDC will take on more risk to help high-potential clean tech firms expand by providing them with the capital they need to hire new staff, develop products, support sales, and scale up and compete globally.
Minister Bains, along with the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources, also announced the launch of the Clean Growth Hub, the government’s focal point for clean technology. The Hub will focus on supporting companies and projects that produce clean technology, as well as coordinate existing programs and track results.
Budget 2017 took steps to boost the growth of Canada’s clean technology producers. It set aside more than $2.3 billion for clean tech. That’s the largest public investment ever committed to this field in Canada.
Investments in clean technology are part of the Government’s Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year strategy to create well-paying jobs for the middle class and those working hard to join it. Investments in clean technology also support the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.
Full BDC announcement
January 18, 2018
Action on Emerging Renewable PowerThe Emerging Renewable Power Program (ERPP) provides up to $200 million to expand the portfolio of commercially viable renewable energy sources available to provinces and territories as they work to reduce GHG emissions from their electricity sectors.
What is the Emerging Renewable Power Program?Emerging renewable projects face higher risks, costs and more regulatory issues than projects using established renewable energy sources.
This program mitigates the risk of emerging renewable power projects through federal government funding, allowing emerging renewables to play a larger role in Canada’s electricity supply mix.
The program will establish new industries in Canada by supporting renewable power technologies that are:
January 18, 2018
Heat Seeking; Alberta's geothermal industry potential and barriers, is a report from the Pembina Institute with support from the Alberta Clean Technology Industry Alliance. It identifies similarities between geothermal energy and oil and gas development that position Alberta to develop a thriving geothermal industry. It also describes challenges the emerging industry faces and what we need to exploit geothermal energy’s potential. An open webinar will take place at 10am MST on Tuesday December 19 where the author will discuss her findings with Jason Switzer of the Alberta Clean Technology Industry Alliance and answer participant questions.
For more information and to register please click here.
December 7, 2017
Last week, Taiwan successfully brought on 30 Kw of geothermal energy online. The project is an ORC plant in Zhiben, Taidong. In a first step it was installed for power production for the "Rainbow Hotel", after three years the developer finally could install the meter and is now also able to sell the power.
Full News Release
March 5, 2018
Government of Canada Supports Clean Energy in Rural and Remote Communities
Reducing reliance on diesel in rural and remote communities will decrease Canada’s carbon footprint, support climate change adaptation, contribute to healthier communities and provide new opportunities for jobs and economic growth.
Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, announced a call for proposals for the Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities Program. The program will provide approximately $220 million in funding for initiatives to reduce reliance on diesel fuel in rural and remote communities, the majority of which are Indigenous. This funding builds on more than $53 million provided through Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada and is complemented by Infrastructure Canada’s $400 million Arctic Energy Fund, which is specific to the territories to help improve energy security in the North by replacing or upgrading aging fossil fuel energy infrastructure.
The announcement is part of the government’s larger vision for Canada’s clean energy future, which will provide $21.9 billion over 11 years to support green infrastructure, drive clean growth and combat climate change.
Funding of more than $600 million has been announced in the past few weeks for projects that include renewable power, smart electricity grids, alternative fuel charging stations and more energy efficient homes.
February 16, 2018
Congratulations to Kate Young on Becoming the National Renewable Energy Laboratory Geothermal Energy Laboratory Program Manager!
CanGEA would like to congratulate Kate Young on beocming the National Renewable Energy Laboratory Geothermal Energy Laboratory Program Manager.
Full GRC News Release
January 30, 2018
Breakfast and an overview of:
Climeon is a Swedish cleantech equipment vendor and world leader in converting low temperature heat into clean electricity. The company was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in Stockholm with 50+ employees. Climeon was founded to deliver an economically viable business case when it came to converting low temperature heat into electricity. Climeon was built with the ambition to deliver a good business case and a positive environmental impact.
In comparison to ORC-systems, Climeon’s Heat Power system reaches a higher efficiency due to its unique low pressure technology and patented condensation solution, among other things. Due to the low pressure, the internal energy consumption can be decreased by 90 percent compared to traditional ORC systems. The result is a simpler solution that makes it economically viable to produce electricity from low temperature sources (below 120 °C).
More Information about the event
January 25, 2018
Geothermal Resources Council and Geothermal Energy Association Members Overwhelmingly Vote for Unification
The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) and the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) are excited to announce their unification. Combining the GRC and GEA strengthens the voice of our industry with a single organization devoted to advancing the science, education, and development of renewable geothermal energy resources.
Members of both organizations voted on the decision to unify and the results were overwhelmingly in favor. They will benefit from an increased value for their dues and improved networking relationships as the geothermal community moves forward together.
The activities of the GEA will be transitioned into the GRC in early 2018. One of the key activities is already underway through the establishment of a special committee, the GRC Policy Committee. This committee will focus on educating and lobbying leaders at state and federal levels to expand their knowledge about the geothermal industry. The committee will also assist the geothermal community in its awareness of opportunities to expand renewable energy projects, building a stronger platform for the entire U.S. energy grid. All members are encouraged to join in this new effort.
Full News Release
January 8, 2018
Bill C-63, A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2017 and other measures has received royal assent and is now law. CanGEA's Federal government outreach efforts proved fruitful in that:
Bill C-63 is accessible here.
December 19, 2017
Coalition of 14 Métis and First Nations from AB and NWT call for Premier John Horgan to cancel the Site C dam. The call comes as a result of concerns of the downstream effects of the Site C dam.
Read the full story and open letter here: http://ow.ly/ur9l30h0rBi
December 4, 2017
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.”
For the full story click here.
October 16, 2017
Check out ThinkGeo Energy's new post!
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.
October 9, 2017
ThinkGeoEnergy posted an article featuring the web portal CanGEA has developed to access the Canadian National Geothermal Database for British Columbia, Alberta, and Yukon.
September 20th 2017.
The statement CanGEA made about the recent NDP's review of the Site C Hydroelectric dam Project in BC can be found here.
We also recommend checking out the report CanGEA published about the Site C project and CanGEA's response to the Geoscience BC & BC Hydro report.
If you are interested in more information about this and similar topics, we invite you to join CanGEA. Check out the different categories & benefits we offer.
August 15th, 2017.
Here you will find a news article published by The Valley Sentinel about recent updates on the Geothermal project being develop in the Valemount area by Borealis GeoPower.
August 14th, 2017.
August 9th, 2017.