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Fifth National Geothermal Summit Announced Nominations for GEA Honors Open

Reno, NV (March 16, 2015) – The Geothermal Energy Association and Gold Level Sponsor, Ormat, will host the fifth annual National Geothermal Summit (#GEASummit2015) at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, NV, June 3-4. The National Geothermal Summit is the leading forum for western state policy discussions, bringing together the geothermal industry for a dialogue with regulators, utilities, and state, regional and federal policy makers. The 2015 Summit theme is “Geothermal Policies as Stimulus for Economic Growth and Environmental Quality”.

Speakers at the event are expected to cover the potential role of geothermal energy in state initiatives and implementation plans for addressing climate change, the ability of geothermal resources to tackle tomorrow’s power needs, local economic benefits of geothermal, the importance of geothermal for reliability of the grid, valuing geothermal for power contracts (PPAs), the future outlook for the geothermal industry in the US, and more. The program will encourage interaction and discussion about policies, projects in development, market potential, technological opportunities and more.

As part of an opening reception on June 3, GEA will award its 2015 GEA Honors. GEA calls on geothermal business leaders to nominate the best and the brightest for GEA Honors, which recognizes the contributions made by companies and individuals in the past year that have advanced technology, business and environmental sustainability through the field of geothermal energy.

GEA Honors is now accepting nominations in the following categories:
  • Technological Advancement: awarded to an individual or company that has pioneered new ideas or innovative technology in the field of geothermal energy.
  • Economic Development: awarded to an individual or company that has contributed to the development of local, regional or national markets through geothermal systems.
  • Environmental Stewardship: awarded to an individual or company that has promoted environmental sustainability through the use of geothermal systems.
  • Special Recognition: the GEA will additionally be accepting nominations for special recognition of an individual or company that has outstanding achievements in the geothermal energy industry.
Although priority is given to GEA members for GEA Honors, nominations are open to the all. The deadline for GEA Honors submissions is May 15. An online application is available for GEA Honors at:

To register for the National Geothermal Summit, or for more information, please visit  Visit the Facebook event page at  Join the conversation on Twitter with #GEASummit2015. For sponsorship opportunities or to request press credentials, please contact Yasmin Romitti, 202 454 5263,

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 Subscribe to GEA’s newsletter here. Follow GEA on Twitter. Become a fan on Facebook.
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