sectors of legislation. Many
countries rely on laws relating to other energy sources,
such as mining. Furthermore,
in certain cases no particular administrational authority is entrusted with geothermal matters.
The report gives a snapshot of progress in each of
the 16 countries where any
geothermal activity is taking place (Iceland, Canada,
Chile, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan,
Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand,
Philippines, Turkey, United
States and Vietnam) and then
answers 15 questions about
each country’s laws and regulations for development.
The questions range from
permitting, to taxation and
land leasing, through to obligations for developers, and
licensing. The authors hope
that the guide will help move
the world closer to a sustainable future.
Biomass – Helping the
Transition Away from Coal
Dong Energy announced
plans to exit coal at its power
stations by 2023. Dong is a
Danish utility and the leader
in offshore wind farm development, having built more
than 3 GW of the offshore
wind capacity that is now
online with much more in its
“The future belongs to renewable energy sources, and therefore we’re now converting the last of our coal-fred power stations to sustainable biomass. The decision is in line with our
vision to lead the way in the transformation to a sustainable
energy system and create a leading green energy company,” said
Henrik Poulsen, CEO, in a press release.
DONG has converted fve of its coal-fred power plants to run
on biomass already and has plans to convert two additional
plants to biomass in the near future.
In the UK, biomass to coal conversions continue. In January, Emerson announced that it was awarded a contract from
EPH Lynemouth Power to help convert the 44-year-old coal-fred
Lynemouth Power Station to a new biomass-fueled power plant.
When the conversion is complete in late 2017, the 390-MW
plant, near Newcastle in the United Kingdom, will be fueled by
approximately 1. 4 million tons of wood waste per year.
Hydropower – An Important Energy Storage Asset
Pumped hydropower offers perhaps the best of both worlds:
an emission-free source of renewable energy that can either
store or generate power. With the uptake of intermittent
renewables, utilities, power providers and grid operators
around the world are increasingly exploring the how pumped
hydropower could improve the operation of their grid.
In Chile, power generators recently released a report that
stressed the importance of energy storage to stabilize the grid
— the report cited California as an example to follow. Further, the report said that Chile’s 2016 electric power transmis-sion law will help create a regulatory framework from which
energy storage will beneft. Chile’s Espejo de Terapaca 300-
MW pumped storage/600-MW solar PV power plant is currently wending through the planning process. Once built, it will be
the largest combined solar and pumped hydropower plant of its
kind in the world.
In Canada, Voith recently conducted a technical training seminar for employees about how pumped storage plants can contribute to grid stability in North America. The topics covered in
the seminar included the technical and economic advantages
of pumped storage for balancing load and generation as well as
providing reliable available capacity. Dr. Klaus Krueger, head of
R&D at Voith conducted the training and said he had also given
similar seminars in South Korea and China. à