Pertamina exploring development of tourism at geothermal sites

Posted on December 7th, 2016 in hydro by Spencer R.



A lot of most geothermal spots in the world are taboo for development of power project, while in many spots of the world geothermal development actually can create opportunities to develop tourism.

In Iceland, the Blue Lagoon is a good example … while nobody knows that it was created by an accident at the nearby geothermal power plant. But an actual geothermal power plant in the country has also become a tourist destination in itself.

So it is not surprising that Pertamina Geothermal Energy (PGE) in Indonesia is looking into utilising its geothermal activities beyond steam and power generation.

Local news now report, that Indonesia’s Tourism Ministry is coordinating with Pertamina to support the development of geothermal tourism in the operational areas of geothermal energy production.

An MoU was signed between the Ministry and PGE at a recent national tourism coordination meeting in Jakarta and there are big hopes that geothermal sites in the county could not only generate electricity but also become tourist destinations.

“Indonesia, with its volcanoes and the geothermal areas, can potentially be a tourist attraction. However, the geothermal resources are only known as a source of green energy here, where it actually has a direct use in the tourism sector,” President Director of PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy Irfan Zainuddin said.

Irfan said several countries have adopted the utilization of geothermal operation area into tourist attractions, namely Iceland, New Zealand, Japan, and a number of European countries.

The PGE has started a geothermal tourism trial project in a village in Kamojang, West Java. Similar program will also be applied to other PGE operational areas, such as in Lahendong, North Sulawesi; and in Ulubelu, Lampung.

He surely hopes the MoU would support the development of geothermal tourism in various regions in Indonesia.

PGE has 12 geothermal operational areas with a total capacity of 532 MW which is produced from four areas in Kamojang (West Java), Ulubelu (Lampung), Lahendong (North Sulawesi), and Sibayak (North Sumatera).


Warm, wet weather leads to excess hydropower

Posted on June 15th, 2016 in hydro by Spencer R.

The organization that sells hydro-electric power to Ketchikan, Wrangell and Petersburg finds itself in an unusual situation this year – plenty of electricity to sell and a decreasing demand from customers in the three Southeast communities. A warm, wet winter and lower oil prices are factors.


Easing Drought Boosts California Hydropower, For Now

Posted on June 2nd, 2016 in hydro by Spencer R.

The easing of California’s drought has boosted the state’s early spring hydropower generation to its highest level since 2011, helping it to recover from a 15-year low reached last year. But hydroelectricity production is not expected to improve much overall this year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.


Variable speed Pumped Storage Hydro Plants offer a new era of smarter energy management

Posted on May 19th, 2016 in hydro by Spencer R.

The EU-funded ESTORAGE project has presented a range of options for increasing energy storage capacity across Europe, whilst also building flexibility into grids to better integrate renewables.


Alaska has incredible potential for hydropower, when it's done right

Posted on May 5th, 2016 in hydro by Spencer R.

When you flip a light switch in Alaska, do you know where the electricity comes from? It doesn’t all come from the same place.


Micro-hydropower: Going with the flow

Posted on April 5th, 2016 in hydro by Spencer R.

Increasing numbers of Wallowa County landowners are looking in to the potential of micro-hydropower.


Hydropower is good for ecology and economy

Posted on March 28th, 2016 in hydro by Spencer R.

Sitting on a tributary of China’s Yangtze River, Gangkouwan hydropower station does more than generate electricity.


Hydropower focus for POWER-GEN Europe & Renewable Energy World Europe in Italy

Posted on March 23rd, 2016 in hydro by Spencer R.


Italy is the 4th largest producer of electricity from hydropower in Europe, and it plays a large role in the power generation mix in the country, alongside the country’s Alpine neighbors – Austria and Switzerland. Their mountainous regions make the perfect spot for hydropower plants to be situated. Italy’s ambition is to generate 42,000 GWh of hydropower from 17.8 GW of installed capacity by 2020 (Source: International Hydropower Association).
This forms the perfect backdrop to the special Hydropower Day featuring in this year’s POWER-GEN Europe & Renewable Energy World Europe, which will take place in Milan, Italy, on June 21-23.
The conference is taking place under the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, with the dedicated focus on hydropower being proudly supported by Building on the legacy of PennWell’s landmark event HydroVision International, held in the USA annually, hydropower will be a running theme at the POWER-GEN Europe & Renewable Energy World Europe multi-track conference. Particular emphasis will be placed on storage, including pumped storage hydroelectricity.


Hydropower key to Nepal's growth, trade with India'

Posted on March 21st, 2016 in hydro by Spencer R.


Hydropower is Nepal's key to development and the country has an economically-viable potential of 40,000 MW of generation capacity of which it can export the surplus to neighbouring South Asian countries including India, an US government funding agency has said.

Developing sustainable hydropower generation will enable Nepal to balance its supply deficit in the dry season with the revenues made through exports during the season when river flows are high, US Agency for International Development said.

USAID said Nepal heavily depends on water resources to meet its energy demands as more than 90 per cent of its total electricity generation capacity is hydropower based.

"Hydropower plays a particularly important role in Nepal's economic future because of the scale of its potential," the agency said, estimating that Nepal has an economically-viable potential for more than 40,000 megawatts (MW) of hydropower generation capacity.


What Does Australia’s New 2030 Climate Target Mean For The Local Coal Industry?

Posted on August 4th, 2015 in hydro by Spencer R.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has promised that his government’s new 2030 climate target will be good for the environment, good for jobs and good for protecting the nation’s coal industry.