November 16, 2023

Flexible geothermal application within the New Zealand electricity market

A. Marsh, M. Aljubran, I. Konstantopoulos, M. Newton

NZ Geothermal Workshop 2023 - modelling what conditions need to be present, and to what extent it may be advantageous, to vary output from geothermal power plants in the New Zealand context.

In New Zealand, geothermal resources are rarely a limiting factor, and the underlying economics bias is towards full utilisation of the capital-intensive plants and wells. This means that all geothermal in New Zealand has so far run as base load, supplying 18% of the total electricity production in the last calendar year.

NZGW2023 - Marsh et al, Flexible Geothermal