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Webinar – Geothermal innovation for economic growth in East Africa, Sept. 29, 2020

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Alexander Richter 23 Sep 2020

How can geothermal energy stimulate economic development beyond simple power generation in East Africa? This is the key theme of a webinar to be held in cooperation between USEA, USAID and the United Nations Energy Program (UNEP) under the auspices of the Africa Geothermal Centre of Excellence (AGCE).

Join the U.S. Energy Association (USEA), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Energy Program (UNEP) under the auspices of the Africa Geothermal Centre of Excellence (AGCE) for another webinar as part of the Geothermal Innovation for Economic Growth in East Africa series presented by the U.S.- East Africa Geothermal Partnership (EAGP).

  • Date: September 29, 2020 at 8am EDT (3pm EAT)

Geothermal energy has countless benefits, mainly providing clean grid power at the lowest possible cost.  Geothermal power plants can also provide economic benefits beyond power (or heat) as a way to stimulate and support the socio-economic development of countries in East Africa, especially near the plant itself.  However, innovative technologies in other industries can provide greater power output and greater value, especially when overall grid costs are considered.

In this webinar, Kevin Kitz, founder of KitzWorks LLC a professional engineer and geothermal specialist will discuss ways that geothermal can stimulate economic development beyond simple power generation. Kitz will also discuss innovations that amplify geothermal resource benefits, both on the grid and as an engine of local economic growth in East Africa.  Since there is no one “best” strategy, the workshop structure and goal is for participants to start developing strategies tailored to their particular resources, needs, and opportunities.

This webinar will be recorded and posted on the USEA website.

For any questions please email Derek Burke at dburke@usea.org.