Tuscany, Italy — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 16 November 2010 – Enel “’ Italy’s largest power provider “’ has added 20 MW of geo-thermal power to its generating mix by launching the Radicondoli 2 geothermal power plant “’ an additional unit to an existing 40 MW plant. The facility is now up to 60 MW of capacity.
Enel now has 742 MW of geo-thermal projects operating around the world. That’s equal to 12% of its portfolio.
The area around Tuscany is a very geo-thermally-active region. Tuscany produces 10% of the world’s geo-thermal electricity, and Italy produces 30% more geothermal electricity than Iceland.
RenewableEnergyWorld.com reports that it’s been a somewhat slow year for geo- thermal power internationally, but the Geothermal Energy Association has released a report highlighting some of the activity around the world. Due to financial and equipment constraints, many of the projects outlined in the report may not get built in the timeframe suggested. But there’s clearly a great deal happening.
Highlights in the report from the 70 countries developing geo-thermal power include the following:
The United States leads the world in geothermal electricity production with approximately 3 086 MW of installed capacity from 77 power plants;
- The Philippines is the second highest producer of geothermal power in the world, with 1 904 MW. Energy from geothermal power makes up approximately 18% of the country’s electricity generation;
- Germany has more than 150 geothermal power plant projects at some stage of development, and expects to have over 280 MW on line by 2020, according to the European Commission;
- Geothermal power plants provide 26% of the electricity in El Salvador;
- Kenya hopes to be producing 490 MW of geothermal power by 2012, and as much as 4 000 MW within 20 years;
- Turkey has a goal to reach 550 MW of geothermal power on line by 2013; and
- Indonesia’s National Energy Blueprint sets a goal of 9 500 MW of geothermal power production “’ an 800% increase.