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Geothermal Energy Association Brings National Summit to Reno
|By Business Wire
|June 19, 2014 02:38 PM EDT
Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) is pleased to be holding its
fourth annual National Geothermal Summit Tuesday, August 5 and
Wednesday, August 6 in Reno, Nevada. The leading forum for western state
policy discussions, the National Geothermal Summit will bring together
policy leaders, utilities and industry professionals to discuss the
opportunities and challenges facing the industry.
“Geothermal power is a clean, affordable renewable energy resource, but
for the industry to achieve its potential, state and federal policies
must line up with industry needs,” noted GEA Executive Director Karl
Gawell. “By stimulating dialogue on critical issues, the Summit hopes to
make a difference in the industry’s future.”
“As a leading geothermal developer who’s brought a project online in
Nevada nearly every year for the past decade, we look forward to working
together with the various participants of the Summit and embracing this
as a springboard toward future development of geothermal in the U.S.,”
said Bob Sullivan, Vice-President of Business Development, Ormat, which
is co-host of the Summit. “We’re eager to hear the ‘Future of the RPS’
discussions that will be featured on the Summit’s agenda. Key players
from the regulatory and utility sectors will provide their vision and,
with that, we’ll get a sneak peek into the future of geothermal.”
The Summit is made possible with the support of the City of Reno,
Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) and the Great
Basin Center for Geothermal Energy. The Silver State is well represented
with policy leadership participating, including Senator Kelvin Atkinson,
Nevada Senate District 4; Assemblyman David Bobzien, Nevada Assembly 21;
Rebecca Wagner, Commissioner, Public Utilities Commission of Nevada; and
Paul Thomsen, Director, Governor's Office of Energy, State of Nevada.
“The City of Reno is host to numerous geothermal companies and has
enough geothermal production within the city limits to power the entire
residential load. We are staunch supporters of the industry. We are also
proud of our University of Nevada, Reno, which is an international
geothermal leader,” said The Honorable Bob Cashell, City of Reno Mayor.
“From the Governor and the Legislature to myself and the rest of the
Reno City Council, Nevada's elected officials are supportive of
developing renewable energy resources and providing business and
political support to ensure success of the industry.”
“While Nevada has excelled at developing geothermal, we’re not done yet!
The State of Nevada is committed to the development and exportation of
renewable energy by removing barriers and developing better business
models. The Governor’s Office is involved in this leading Geothermal
Policy Summit to hear from Industry and build on their expertise as
we look to continue to grow Nevada’s geothermal development
capabilities,” noted Paul Thomsen, Director of the Nevada Governor’s
Office of Energy.
Thomsen continued: “I hope the Summit highlights and facilities
proactive discussion that leads to a roadmap of what the industry needs
to do to compete in a changing market place. We have learned from our
neighbors to the west that Variable Energy Integration comes at a cost.
Can geothermal capitalize on those costs? We see transmission opening up
new markets for Nevada based resources. Can geothermal capitalize on
these new markets? What is the role of geothermal in emerging energy
imbalance markets? Can geothermal move beyond the RPS?”
“Given changes that support the growth of geothermal, much of the region
and even the state could be run on geothermal energy alone,” said Mike
Kazmierski, President and CEO of EDAWN. “The industry must be properly
treated and incentivized as a renewable energy industry to flourish.”
Event and registration details can be found at http://www.geo-energy.org/nationalgeothermalsummit/Main.aspx.
For more information, to request press credentials, or to schedule an
interview with a GEA representative, 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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