An ocean (the Pacific), plus a few islands and a strip of land, divides these two countries we’re going to talk about. This is the quickest way, is you choose to go counter-clockwise, otherwise the distance is extended: three continents to be crossed! Anyway, the distance – not only in terms of kilometers – between the Dominican Republic and Indonesia has not prevent to the two countries to share and understand that their future is all in the geothermal energy.
Generated by heat geological sources, thus exploiting the natural temperature of the Earth, geothermal energy is now considered a form of alternative energy which turn to with great attention. And although today accounts for less than 1% of world production, the potential that lies in the deeper layers of our planet grazes very high numbers.
Indonesia is an expert in the field, being especially aware of the opportunity for growth represented by it for herself and for all energy-consuming and developing economies. Currently the country uses only 5% of its geothermal potential, but aims to become the largest producer in the world, being able to offer to the 12% of the population (approximately 30 million individuals) who do not have reliable access to electricity - especially in the easternmost part of the vast archipelago – a better renewable future. Today's energy lack hinders growth and limits population’s opportunities.
The pat on the back and the final encouragement arrived recently by the World Bank with an extended warranty of 55.25 million US dollars to support the country in the development of the Geothermal Energy Upstream Development Project that will be used primarily for the construction of infrastructure aimed at reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to the implementation of soil perforations. Total cost: about $ 98 million. An amount well invested that will bring Indonesia to a production capacity of 7,2GW by 2025, becoming the world's largest producer of electricity of geothermal energy.
Same process taken by the Dominican Republic from the other side of the ocean. Its Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit announced a government investment of $ 16.7 million for the development of the geothermal sector, thus stimulating new investments in the country. Only last December, the Minister for Energy, Ian Douglas, had announced the creation of the Dominica Geothermal Company and the collaboration with partners from New Zealand, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and the World Bank in order to complete the starting phase and take off the construction of the first geothermal power plant. The path to an extensive use of this renewable source seems now to be undertaken.