• Exploratory drilling began
in August 2016 for Taiwan’s project for geothermal
development at Sanxing. It
will take about six months
• The Caribbean island of
Dominica is accelerating
its plans for development
by pushing a new geothermal-specifc bill through its
parliament and partnering
with New Zealand to construct the country’s frst
geothermal power plant.
• The IceLink subsea HVDC
power cable, a proposed
1,000 km national grid
interconnector between Ice-
land and Great Britain, is
currently in its feasibili-
ty stages. If the cable is to
be constructed, it is expect-
ed that 954 MW of new
large hydrothermal and
geothermal plants will be
needed in Iceland by 2035 to
meet new demand.
• In a new draft of offcial
Indian geothermal energy development framework, the Indian government has set an ambitious
1,000 MW target for the
coming years and up to
10,000 MW to be developed by 2030.
China has proposed to triple its geothermal production in the next four years,
targeting 530 MW from geothermal power.
The Indonesian Government is preparing to move to a fxed-price feed-in-tariff in an effort to accelerate geothermal development. The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry is also
working on cutting down the time of geothermal permitting to
a process that could only take three hours, a similar process
already in place for other industries.
(From the GEA’s 2016 Geothermal Power: International
Global Growth and Future Capacity
Between March and September 2016, a total of 44 new geothermal power projects began development throughout 23 countries,
adding 1,562.5 MW of developing capacity and representing a
signifcant spike in projects worldwide. This rate of growth in the
past six months exceeds annual development over the previous
two years, showing international geothermal development rates
more than doubling. If this rate of growth is sustained, world
geothermal power production would grow from 13. 8 GW today
to over 23 GW in 2021. International developing capacity of geothermal power has grown steadily over the frst eight months of
2016, as depicted in Figure 1. Nearly all of these projects have
only been announced in recent months and are still in the early
stages of development and have the potential for more capacity to
be discovered over the coming months (Source: GEA’s 2016 Geothermal Power: International Market Update.)
One of BHE Renewables’ geothermal facilities in Calipatria, California.
Credit: Emilie Chen via Flickr.