In the article, "Untapped potential: A solution for remote food production," Greenhouse Canada writes about the advantages and disadvantages of using geothermal energy for growing food in greenhouses. You can read the article, which cites the CanGEA website as a source, at the Greenhouse Canada website.
On July 29, 2022, CanGEA members Shell Canada and Kitselas Geothermal entered a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) to develop the M'deek geothermal reservoir found near Terrace, BC.
Shell and Kitselas Geothermal, a majority-owned Indigenous company between Kitselas Development and CanGEA member Borealis Geothermal, "hope to build greater understanding of the potential for geothermal energy and support development of renewable green energy in Northwest BC, including 'direct-use' of the heat."
Read more on the Kitselas Geothermal website.
Source: Alberta Energy Regulators.
"On December 7, 2021, the Government of Alberta proclaimed the Geothermal Resource Development Act. Under the act, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has the authority to regulate the safe, efficient, and responsible development of Alberta's geothermal resources.
The Geothermal Resource Development Rules and Directive 089: Geothermal Resource Development have been issued to complete the regulatory framework for geothermal resource development. The rules and Directive 089 are effective August 15, 2022, and set out the requirements that industry must follow throughout the entire life cycle of a geothermal development (from initiation through to closure) when developing geothermal resources below the base of groundwater protection. The rules and Directive 089 introduce requirements and processes unique to geothermal energy and include reference to applicable oil and gas regulatory instruments.
A draft directive was released on August 4, 2021, for public review, and we accepted feedback until September 2, 2021 (see Bulletin-2021-31). We considered feedback from various stakeholders and rights holders, including Indigenous communities, industry, and environmental groups. A summary of the feedback, including our responses, is available on the directive's webpage.
We have also updated Manual 012: Energy Development Applications Procedures and Schedules with guidance for geothermal applications (wells, facilities, pipelines), including how liability management will be applied to geothermal resource developments.
In addition, the Oil and Gas Conservation Rules (OGCR) have been updated to align with the geothermal regulatory framework. The definition of oilfield waste in the OGCR has been updated to include waste from geothermal resource development. A new provision has been added to the OGCR that requires an application for amendment where a licensee intends to change a well licensed under the Oil and Gas Conservation Act to a geothermal well.
We will make consequential amendments throughout the year to other AER directives and manuals to address geothermal development where necessary."
Directive 089 is available below and on the Alberta Energy Regulators website.
The Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister for PrairiesCan and Minister for CanNor, Daniel Vandal, announced federal investments to CanGEA member Qulliq Energy Corporation (QEC) of over $1.2 million over three years delivered by CanNor, to support the study of Nunavut's geothermal potential.
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