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Industry, Political and Environmental Leaders to Speak at Geothermal Summit in Reno, a.k.a. the “Hub of Geothermal” in the West

Reno, Nev. (May 12, 2015) – With many geothermal companies headquartered in Nevada, and the second largest geothermal generation portfolio in the U.S., leaders from Nevada’s energy market will join those from other states to discuss growing opportunities at the National Geothermal Summit. During this melding of the minds, key players in the geothermal industry will discuss the outlook for geothermal power in the Silver State and beyond under the theme: “Geothermal Policies as Stimulus for Economic Growth and Environmental Quality.”

The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) has worked hard to feature the movers and shakers on the agenda for the upcoming National Geothermal Summit. Attendees of the event scheduled June 3-4, 2015 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nev. will hear from Councilwoman Naomi Duerr, Reno City Council; Paul Thomsen, director, Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy; and, John Ruhs, acting state director, Bureau of Land Management Nevada State Office; among many other influential members of the sector.

“Nevada has been at the forefront in new geothermal development and continues to play an important role in moving the industry forward,” explained Paul Thomsen. “The National Geothermal Summit is held in our own backyard providing a forum for candid conversations with other influential players. This gives us the opportunity to discuss the challenges awaiting renewable development and the process for change stymieing future growth.”

Among the important topics on the agenda:
  • The state of geothermal power today, leading companies and new developments
  • How geothermal can help meet state and regional clean power needs
  • Geothermal as a best fit a reliable utility power supply
  • Case studies about the local economic benefits of geothermal energy
  • The future role for geothermal energy and state climate mitigation plans
  • Priorities for moving the geothermal industry forward in the west
The following speakers have also been confirmed to date: Supervisor Anthony Farrington, chair, Lake County Board of Supervisors; V. John White, executive director, CEERT; Carl Stills, energy manager, Imperial Irrigation District; Barry Dong, manager geothermal/biomass, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; Stacey Kusters, vice president of Renewable Energy & Origination, NV Energy; Elaine Sison-Lebrilla, senior project manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District; Rachel Dahl, executive director, Churchill Economic Development Authority; Karl Gawell, Executive Director, GEA; Andy Horne, deputy county executive officer, Natural Resources Development, County of Imperial; Ben Matek, Industry Analyst, GEA; Michal Moore, Cornell expert on direct use; Jeff Deyette, asst. director, Energy Research and Analysis, Union of Concerned Scientists; Jay Nathwani, acting director, U.S. Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Office; Randy Keller, director of development, Transmission and Land Assets, CalEnergy; Doug Glaspey, president, COO, and director, US Geothermal; Nick Goodman, CEO, Cyrq Energy; Video Keynote Address by Senator Dean Heller, Senator of Nevada; and Video Keynote Address by Senator Harry Reid, Senator of Nevada.

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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