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National Geothermal Summit to Convene Industry Leaders and Policy Makers
|By Business Wire
|May 21, 2014 10:28 AM EDT
The fourth annual GEA Summit will bring together policy makers,
utilities officials, industry leaders and geothermal professionals to
discuss the opportunities and challenges facing geothermal industry
growth. The conference will be held Aug. 5-6 at The Grand Sierra Resort
in Reno. “The Biggest Little City in the World” is the global business
center for geothermal and is home to 12 major geothermal
developers/operators. Additionally, the geothermal energy plants
surrounding Reno produce enough power to support the city’s residential
“The United States is the leader in geothermal, and the Western States
are trailblazers for the technology,” noted GEA Executive Director Karl
Gawell. “But there is much work to be done for geothermal to reach its
potential. It is imperative to bring together policy makers and business
leaders to examine the challenges that are holding back geothermal.
GEA’s goal is to facilitate constructive dialogue on some of
geothermal’s biggest hurdles.”
The GEA Summit is co-hosted by Ormat, and supported by City of Reno;
Imperial Irrigation District; Economic Development Authority of Western
Nevada; Nevada Geothermal Council; Western Area Power Administration;
and the Geothermal Resources Council. Confirmed speakers include
Commissioner David Hochschild, California Energy Commission; Karen
Edson, Vice President, Policy and Client Services, California ISO; Barry
Dong, Manager Geothermal/Biomass, Los Angeles Department of Water and
Power (LADWP); Carl Stills, Energy Manager, Imperial Irrigation
District, Keith Martin, Partner, Chadboune Parke LLP; Randy Keller,
Director of Development, Transmission & Land Assets, CalEnergy; and Bob
Sullivan, Vice President of Business Development, Ormat, among others.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will provide a video
At the Summit, speakers and break-out sessions will address a range of
topics critical to the industry today, including the future of the RPS
policies; new U.S. codes and standards for geothermal energy; leasing
and permitting improvements; the outlook for new renewable power
procurements in the Western states; achieving the potential of the
Salton Sea; next steps to move geothermal forward in Nevada; and the
outlook for federal and state legislation to support geothermal growth.
During the Summit, the Geothermal Energy Association will announce the
winners of its GEA Honors awards program. Geothermal business leaders
can submit nominations now. The deadline for GEA Honors submissions is
July 7. To submit a nomination, visit http://geo-energy.org/GEAHonors.aspx.
GEA Honors categories include:
Technological Advancement (GEA members only): awarded to an individual
or company that has pioneered new ideas or innovative technology in
the field of geothermal energy.
Economic Development (GEA members only): awarded to an individual or
company that has contributed to the development of local, regional or
national markets through geothermal systems.
Environmental Stewardship (industry wide): awarded to an individual or
company that has promoted environmental sustainability through the use
of geothermal systems.
Special Recognition (industry wide): the GEA will additionally be
accepting nominations for special recognition of an individual or
company that has outstanding achievements in the geothermal energy
Year-end data shows that Nevada has proven itself as one of the most
business-friendly environments for the geothermal industry, with the
number of developing projects (45) more than double that of California
(25). U.S. additions in Nevada, as well as neighbors Utah, California,
and New Mexico kept the industry on the map domestically in 2013, and
future growth looks promising. The geothermal resource base is still
largely untapped. With new initiatives in Nevada, California and Oregon
moving to recognize the values of geothermal power, GEA is optimistic
that state policies could spark another period of growth in geothermal
power over the next decade.
Some myths have surfaced that geothermal power is reaching its potential
capacity in states like California and Nevada. These states still have a
significant amount of known untapped potential that could be used
domestically or exported to surrounding states. Overall, GEA estimates
about 50% of California’s known resources, 60% of Nevada’s, and 60% of
Utah’s are still untapped.
For more information on the National Geothermal Summit, please visit http://www.geo-energy.org/nationalgeothermalsummit/Main.aspx.
For information about Summit sponsorships, please contact Kathy Kent
Schott at [email protected].
To schedule an interview or request press credentials, please contact
Shawna McGregor, The Rosen Group, 917 971 7852 or [email protected].
About the Geothermal Energy Association:
The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) is a trade association comprised
of U.S. companies that support the expanded use of geothermal energy and
are developing geothermal resources worldwide for electrical power
generation and direct-heat uses. GEA advocates for public policies that
will promote the development and utilization of geothermal resources,
provides a forum for the industry to discuss issues and problems,
encourages research and development to improve geothermal technologies,
presents industry views to governmental organizations, provides
assistance for the export of geothermal goods and services, compiles
statistical data about the geothermal industry, and conducts education
and outreach projects. For more information, please visit www.geo-energy.org.
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