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GEA Geothermal Energy Finance and Development Forum 2012

GEA Geothermal Energy Finance and Development Forum 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
8:00am-5:15pm Finance Forum
5:15-6:15pm Networking Reception
Marriott Marquis, San Francisco, CA

Featuring Anne Simpson, Senior Portfolio Manager for Corporate Governance, California Public Employees’ Retirement System (Calpers)

Special thanks to our Gold Level Sponsor: SNC-Lavalin Thermal Power

Supporting Organizations:

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The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) will be holding a one-day Geothermal Energy Finance Forum on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco, CA. This program will bring the finance and investment community of the east and west coasts together and provide a tutorial on geothermal energy investment with top experts and major players in geothermal development and finance. The day’s agenda includes presentations and panel discussion on; project development, financing and investment, geothermal risk and reward, international development, government finance and incentives, and case studies from developers and financers with recent success stories. With a growing demand for sustainable energy, geothermal energy is a fast growing clean, renewable energy source.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
8:00am-5:15pm Finance Forum
5:15pm-6:15pm Networking Reception

Marriott Marquis
Yerba Buena Ballroom
55 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

To view preliminary agenda for the day as a PDF, please click here.

Preliminary Agenda

Finance Forum moderated by:
Karl Gawell, Executive Director, GEA
Paul Thomsen, Director of Policy and Business Development, Ormat Technologies

7:00-8:15am Registration, light breakfast

Morning session: 8:15-12:30pm

8:15-8:35am: Welcome, Opening Remarks
Karl Gawell, Executive Director, GEA, confirmed
Michael Picker, Senior Advisor to the Governor for Renewable Energy Facilities, Office of the Governor, State of California, tentative

8:35-8:50am: Gold Level Sponsor: "Supporting Geothermal Development in the U.S. and Abroad"
Mike Ranz, President, SNC-Lavalin Thermal Power, confirmed

8:50-9:30am: Panel Discussion: State and Federal Policy Outlook

Modertated by: Paul Thomsen, Director of Policy and Business Development, Ormat Technologies
Jonathan Weisgall, Vice President of Legislative and Regulatory Affaris, MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, confirmed
Kent Burton, National Environmental Strategies, confirmed
V.John White, Executive Director, CEERT, confirmed

9:30-10:00pm: Geothermal Market Expectations and Trends
Mark Taylor, Lead Analyst, CCS & Geothermal, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, confirmed
Mackinnon Lawrence, Pike Research, confirmed

10:00-10:15am: Keynote Remarks
Karen Douglas, Commissioner, California Energy Commission, confirmed

10:15-10:30am: Morning Break

10:30am-11:15am: Geothermal Developer Presentations

Moderated by: Marty Olson, Director, Renewable Energy, SNC-Lavalin Thermal Power, confirmed
David Watson, Hudson Ranch I, EnergySource, LLC, confirmed
Doug Glaspey, President and COO, U.S. Geothermal, confirmed
Gevan Reeves, Director, Strategic Origination, Calpine Corporation, confirmed
Shuman Moore, CEO, Ram Power Corporation, confirmed

11:15am-11:50am: Geothermal Technology Presentations
Paul Gutwald, VP Marketing and Government Relations, Simbol Materials, confirmed
Halley Dickey, Director Geothermal Business Development, TAS Energy, confirmed
Michael Ronzello, Geothermal Business Development Manager, Pratt & Whitney Power Systems, confirmed

11:50am-12:30pm: Roundtable Discussion: Geothermal Project Risk
Moderated by: Doug Glaspey, President and COO, U.S. Geothermal
Louis Capuano Jr, Chairman of the Board, ThermaSource, confirmed
Stephan Jacob, Entrepreneurial Risk Solutions, Munich RE, confirmed
Subir Sanyal, President and Manager of Reservoir Engineering, GeothermEx, confirmed

12:30-2:00pm: Luncheon/Luncheon Keynote Address
Anne Simpson, Senior Portfolio Manager for Corporate Governance, California Public Employees' Retirement System (Calpers), confirmed

Afternoon session: 2:00-5:15pm

2:00-2:45pm: Developer and Financer Roundtable Discussion
Moderated by: CJ Arrigo, Advisor, Glacier
David Watson, Hudson Ranch I, EnergySource, LLC, confirmed
Doug Glaspey, President and COO, U.S. Geothermal, confirmed
John Marciano, Chadbourne & Parke LLP, confirmed
Alan Davis, Principal, Starlight Investments, LLC, confirmed
Dan Nastou, Power and Infrastructure, John Hancock Financial Services, confirmed

2:45-3:30pm: Panel discussion: Investing in Geothermal Projects
Moderated by: John Marciano, Chadbourne & Parke LLP, confirmed
Dan Nastou, Power and Infrastructure, John Hancock Financial Services, confirmed
Rick Rodgers, Managing Director and CEO, Montgomery Street Financial, LLC, confirmed
Ren Plastina, Managing Director, Project Finance-North America, BNP Paribas Corporate & Investment Bank, invited

3:30-3:45pm: Afternoon Break

3:45-4:45pm: Roundtable Discussion: Global Financial Markets
Jen Derstine, Geothermal Sector Analyst, U.S. Department of Commerce, confirmed
Anders Kruss, Alterra Power Corp., confirmed
Shinji Yamamoto, Chief Investment Officer, IFC, confirmed
Craig O'Connor, Export-Import Bank, confirmed
Lenny Hochschild, Managing Director, Evolution Markets, Inc., confirmed

4:45-5:00pm Closing Keynote: The Argument for Investing in Geothermal
Craig Mataczynski, CEO, Gradient Resources, confirmed

5:00-6:00pm Networking Reception

To register, please click here:

Discounted room block:
There is a discounted room block available at the Marriott Marquis where the Forum will be held. The discounted block is available the evenings of Tuesday, January 17th and Wednesday, January 18th at the rate of $209/night plus tax. To make your room reservation please call reservations at 800 228 9290 or 415 896 1600. When you call, say you are with the Geothermal Energy Association group.

With any questions, please feel free to email Kathy Kent at
For media credentials, please contact Shawna Seldon at 212-255-7541 or

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for the 2012 GEA Finance Forum, please click here.

Thank you to our sponsors:
Flash Drive: GeothermEx
Lanyard: Pratt & Whitney Power Systems
Folders: Geothermal Resource Group

Thank you to our media partners:

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