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International Geothermal Showcase to Feature Sen. Dean Heller and IRENA
Deputy Director-General Sakari Oksanen as Keynote Speakers

Washington, D.C. (February 11, 2016) – The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) is pleased to announce that Senator Dean Heller (R – Nevada) will be the keynote luncheon speaker at the 2016 U.S. and International Geothermal Showcase on March 17th. Sen. Heller has been a leader on bi-partisan legislation to advance geothermal in the Senate. His efforts underscore his state’s geothermal potential, with Nevada second only to California in generation capacity. He currently serves on the Committee on Finance; Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee; Committee on Veterans' Affairs; the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee; and the Special Committee on Aging.

The Showcase will also feature Sakari Oksanen, the International Renewable Energy Agency’s Deputy Director-General, as its opening keynote speaker. IRENA launched the Global geothermal Alliance at COP-21 which aspires to achieve a 500 per cent increase in global installed capacity for geothermal power generation and a 200 per cent increase in geothermal heating by 2030.

The Showcase is shaping up to be an exciting event with global participation. To date, representatives from 35 countries with geothermal interests will be in attendance, ranging from the island nation of Vanuatu to a country famous for its African Rift geothermal plants: Kenya.

For more information including registration, confirmed speakers to date, and a tentative agenda, visit For questions regarding the 2016 Showcase or opportunities for sponsorships, please contact Rani Chatrath at To request press credentials, please contact Allie Nelson at

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