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As California Heads Toward 50% Renewables, National Geothermal Summit to Focus on Future Market Share

Reno, Nev. (April 30, 2015) – California is the major power market in the West, and it is moving quickly towards 50% renewable power. This opens major new opportunities for expanded market share for in-state and regional geothermal power, and the National Geothermal Summit will focus on how to achieve that goal.

The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) stacked the agenda for the upcoming National Geothermal Summit with the who’s who in the California energy market. Attendees of the event scheduled June 3-4, 2015 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nev. will hear from Commissioner David Hochschild, California Energy Commission; Karen Edson, Vice President, Policy and Client Services, California ISO; Barry Dong, Manager Geothermal/Biomass, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; Andy Horne, Deputy County Executive Officer, Natural Resources Development, County of Imperial among many other influential members of the sector. The Summit is being supported by the Geothermal Resources Council, Western Area Power Administration, UC Davis California Geothermal Energy Collaborative, and the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation (IVEDC).

“IVEDC is pleased to support the Geothermal Energy Association’s annual National Geothermal Summit,” said Timothy E. Kelley, President & CEO of IVEDC. “Imperial Valley currently produces more than 600 megawatts of geothermal energy and has the potential to produce at least an additional 1,500 megawatts. The summit provides a perfect forum to bring together experts from throughout the globe to discuss new technologies and opportunities.”

During the event, legislatures, regulators, utility professionals and energy providers will cover the gamut of pressing topics stymieing the future growth of the geothermal industry and steps needed to overcome the obstacles toward successful development.

“This forum gives us the chance for thought-provoking conversation with the key players interested in seeing more reliable, renewable energy solutions for California, and beyond,” said Commissioner Hochschild. “It puts us face-to-face to discuss ways we can all work together for the common good. Fact is, renewable energy accounts for nearly all new generation capacity and future procurement needs to be at the forefront of those to-do lists nationwide. As California leads that charge, we should do everything we can to set the example to keep this momentum going.”

The following California speakers have also been confirmed to date: Supervisor Anthony Farrington, Chair, Lake County Board of Supervisors; V. John White, Executive Director, CEERT; Timothy Kelley, Executive Director, Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation; Carl Stills, Energy Manager, Imperial Irrigation District; Elaine Sison-Lebrilla, Senior Project Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District; Ken Speer, Assistant General Manager, Northern California Power Agency; Randy Keller, Director of Development, Transmission and Land Assets, CalEnergy.

To register for the National Geothermal Summit, or for more information, please visit http://www.geo-energy.org/nationalgeothermalsummit/Main.aspx.  Visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1571209836491431/. Join the conversation on Twitter with #GEASummit2015. For sponsorship opportunities or to request press credentials, please contact Yasmin Romitti, 202 454 5263, yasmin@geo-energy.org

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