The geothermal renewable energy segment includes geothermal energy used for the generation of electricity, heat and cooling energy (and for water desalination). The potential for geothermal energy exploitation is tremendous. Historically, the commercial viability of exploiting geothermal energy at a utility scale has been limited to geographies that were situated at tectonic faults and in volcanic regions, where there are naturally occurring thermal springs and heat/steam vents. Indeed a great deal of the world's geothermal energy developments have occurred in the Pacific Rim countries and in geological situations such as Iceland.
Accessing geothermal energy in the geological situations underlying many of the world's major energy markets has been regarded as too expensive, as it would entail deep drilling to access sufficient geothermal heat. Given ongoing technological developments and cost reductions in deep drilling technologies, large scale geothermal generation plants could become feasible in many other energy markets in the future. However, even today there are many small and medium scale applications of geothermal energy for residential, commercial, industrial uses as well as for district heating and cooling. Even in regions that are not situated in areas where geological heat occurs near the earth's surface, feasible and proven geothermal technologies exist for residential, commercial and industrial heating and cooling. While these technologies do not involve the deep drilling required to boil water and run a steam turbine, they can provide sufficient heating and cooling in residential, commercial and industrial buildings (to reduce electricity and gas consumption) economically offset their costs. Particularly in energy markets with high electricity and gas tariffs (such as some European countries) the energy savings "pay-back" period of geothermal can be very worthwhile in many applications.
Existing geothermal energy technologies can also be applied as a supplemental energy input in thermal power plants, co-generation and district heating and cooling plants, which serve to reduce consumption of fossil fuels and other feedstocks.
DCS experts can assist building owners, industrial companies, and district heating and cooling providers and other potential users of geothermal energy evaluate whether existing geothermal technology is appropriate and cost effective under their circumstances. We also continue to follow technological advance in deep drilling and related technologies which may render utility-scale geothermal power, heat and cooling plants commercially viable in a wider range of geological circumstances in the future.
Our advisory services can help our clients align the capabilities of the counterparty's capital and "know-how", efficiencies, life-cycle operational and maintenance discipline, and management resources with the public sector objectives of most efficiently providing and ensuring safe, reliable, and efficient electricity generation to citizens and business users at affordable prices (energy tariffs, fees and taxes). We can also assist our clients in identifying and procuring suitable vendors, technology and service providers in the geothermal renewable energy segment. Our experts have significant experience and competence in delivering geothermal assets under various development, financing, operating and ownership models, including Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC), Engineering Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM), Operations & Maintenance (O&M), Design-Build-Own-Operate (DBOO), Design-Build-Own-Operate-Transfer (DBOOT), and similar variations. We also have significant experience advising on Public-Private Partnership (P3), privatization and M&A transactions within the energy and utilities sector. Our broad and global experience includes all forms of P3 models, under regulated or deregulated tariff regimes, offtake agreements (such as various forms of PPAs and CfDs and similar contractual agreements), availability payment, as well as stock/share, trade and asset sales/acquisitions and Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) with respect to energy and utilities companies and assets.
Within the geothermal energy segment, DCS experts maintain relationships with related project consultants and participants including: both international and local legal advisors; technical, engineering and environmental/social advisors, economic/market consultants; contractors, vendors and technology providers; strategic and financial equity sponsors; lenders (including commercial lenders, international/development financial institutions (IFIs/DFIs), Export Credit Agencies and Export-Import Banks (ECA/Ex-IMs), institutional lenders, bond funds and investment banks) and credit rating agencies (if necessary). We are always prepared and highly experienced in taking on a lead transaction advisory or project/program management role where we coordinate and manage (in some cases, procure and retain via subcontract) various technical, legal and other consultants required for the project. On behalf of our clients we are prepared and accustomed to leading and concluding negotiations with governmental/public sector or equity sponsors, contractors and venders, lenders, rating agencies and regulators, on behalf of our clients, as may be relevant for a given client project.
In many client cases, there may also be a significant nexus between geothermal energy generation projects, assets and businesses and other sectors that we specialize in, such as real estate (in the case of geothermal application within residential, commercial and industrial buildings); industrials (in the case of geothermal installations for purposes of powering industrial processes); district heating and cooling (in the case of geothermal district heating and cooling applications); energy & utilities (co-generation, transmission, distribution, sales and supply and trading); and, industrials (E&C, heavy industries). We are prepared to bring our complementary expertise in these other relevant sectors to our generation sector clients, as their specific client project may benefit.
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