Registration is now open for the June 26-27 event at the
Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nev.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 6, 2013)
– The Geothermal Energy Association and Gold
Level Sponsor, Ormat, will host the third annual
National Geothermal Summit
(#GEASummit2013), in alliance with the Geothermal Resources Council, UC Davis’
California Geothermal Energy Collaborative, City of Reno, Great Basin Center for
Geothermal Energy, Nevada Geothermal Council, and Western Area Power
Administration, at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nev., June 26-27.
The event will bring together industry leaders, government officials, and other
power sector representatives from the United States and abroad for critical
discussions on what is needed to move geothermal forward.
“The GEA National Geothermal Summit will bring policy makers and industry
professionals together to highlight the progress that geothermal energy has
made, examine areas where problems exist, discuss relevant policy issues and
learn from the different viewpoints of the leaders presenting at this Summit,”
said GEA Executive Director Karl Gawell. “There is so much potential for
geothermal energy to become a major source of power. By facilitating dialogue
about advances in technology, the effectiveness of public policies and more, we
hope to enrich the potential for geothermal expansion.”
The event will cover the state of geothermal energy, new technologies, valuing
geothermal for PPAs, and the future outlook for the geothermal industry. The
program will encourage interaction and discussion about government policies,
projects in development, market potential, and opportunities for U.S. companies.
“Nevada is a leader in geothermal energy, and I am pleased that the Geothermal
Energy Association will be holding this important event in Reno,” said Nevada
Senator Harry Reid. “Nevada’s economy and our future is strengthened when we
take advantage of our abundant clean energy resources. I hope leaders in the
geothermal and utility sectors will work together to find new and innovative
ways to bring these resources to market, and I will continue to work to help
ensure that Nevada remains the geothermal capital of the nation.”
Confirmed speakers to date include Ashley Carrigan, State Director, Senator
Heller’s Office; Karen Edson, Vice President, Policy and Client Services,
California ISO; Jon Wellinghoff, Chairman, FERC; as well as representatives from
Washington State Geothermal Working Group, Oregon Department of Energy, Utah
Geological Survey, California Energy Commission, NV Energy, Bureau of Land
Management, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the Imperial Irrigation
District, MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company and more.
Geothermal power presently supplies the world with approximately 11,800 MW of
firm yet flexible electricity in 27 countries, on six continents, but the
potential to use geothermal resources is even greater. With the technology
available today and under development for the future, geothermal resources could
supply more than 300,000 MW of power, while producing far fewer carbon emissions
than from legacy sources.
GEA recently released an updated
Air Emissions Comparison and Externality
showing geothermal energy provides significant benefits to public
health and the environment as one of the least-polluting and most
environmentally friendly forms of energy. The analysis found binary geothermal
plants produce virtually no greenhouse gases (GHG) and dry steam and flash
geothermal plants put out only trace amounts of emissions. GEA estimates
geothermal provides approximately $88 million in externality benefits per year
to California and $29 million to Nevadans by avoiding fossil fuel emissions.
To register for the National Geothermal Summit, or for more information, please
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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
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