The Government of Nova Scotia is investing $80,000 in a study of geothermal potential in Cumberland County, home of CanGEA member Cumberland Energy Authority. We want to congratulate our member company on this advancement in their county.
You can read more about it in the industry news source, ThinkGeoEnergy, or the Nova Scotia government site.
Click here to listen to CanGEA Chair Alison Thompson's interview about Alberta's new geothermal legislature and regulations by Markham Hislop for Energi Media. Hats off to the regulators; more work needed for policy support.
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Greenhouse Canada Releases Article about the Potential of Geothermal Energy for Food Production
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.
Click here to read the full article.
CanGEA member Alberta Innovates's podcast "Shift by Alberta Innovates" has a new episode, "Navigating to Net-Zero" about geothermal energy in preparation for Inventues 2022. The podcast featuring CanGEA Chair Alison Thompson is available here and wherever you get your podcasts.
Click here to read how geothermal energy can be utilized towards climate action.
CanGEA Chair, Alison Thompson, is set to speak at the Inventures Event, in Calgary, AB, at 3:45 PM on June 2nd, 2022. She will speak alongside Alberta Innovates's Director of Renewable and Alternative Energy, Vanessa White. The "Bringing the Heat: The Role of Geothermal in Attaining Net-Zero Emissions" segment is described as "Building on Alberta's prolific expertise in subsurface development to access oil and gas resources, forward-thinking energy companies explore geothermal resource development."
Inventures will take place between June 1st to 3rd, 2022 and is for: investors; entrepreneurs; research, academics and thought leaders; and business, investment and professional service providers.
You can learn more and register for the event here.
CanGEa comments on 2022 Budget
On April 7, 2022, the Federal Government released their 2022 Budget. Within the Budget, there was no direct mention of support for Canada’s geothermal industry. However, many programs used by the geothermal industry have been recapitalized, which is welcome news! CanGEA will continue to advocate for geothermal-specific funding opportunities and greater recognition at the Federal level for the industry.