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Summit to Explore Role of Baseload Renewables in California’s Low Carbon Future

Washington, DC (May 5, 2016)-- June 7 and 8th, energy professionals will be gathering in Reno, Nevada for the Baseload Renewable Energy Summit, to explore the role of baseload renewables – geothermal, biomass, and hydropower. In 2014, in California, these resources supplied about half of the state’s renewable power. “As the state moves towards a low-carbon future, what is the role and outlook for these technologies in the future? These are important questions for decision-makers to ask if California and the West are going to find the lowest-cost, lowest impact path to a low carbon future,” said Karl Gawell, the Geothermal Energy Association’s Executive Director.

The day long-event on June 8th will bring together experts, analysts, industry executives, regulators and policy makers from across the West. During the Summit, panels will explore key questions about: the value to the power systems of baseload renewables, how to find the right mix of technologies, future state plans for cutting carbon emissions, current state and regional power initiatives, new technologies and more.

From California, speakers include Elaine Sison-Lebrilla, Senior Project Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District; Barry Dong, Manager Geothermal/Biomass, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; Randy Keller, Director of Development, CalEnergy; Supervisor Ryan Kelley, Imperial County, CA; Rosemaria Smallcombe, Mariposa 1 District Supervisor; Julee Malinowski Ball, Partner, Public Policy Advocates; Jim Caldwell, Board of Directors, CEERT; Drew Bohan, Chief Deputy Director, California Energy Commission; and Jan Smutny-Jones, Executive Director, Independent Energy Producers Association, among others.

The Summit is hosted by the Geothermal Energy Association, and co-hosted by the Biomass Power Association and National Hydropower Association. A preliminary agenda is available on-line at:

GEA is also please to announce that Senator Patricia Spearman, the state Senator from District 1 in Nevada, has confirmed to be a keynote speaker for the event. Senator Spearman was recently appointed to the New Energy Industry Task Force by Governor Sandoval. The Task Force will advise the Governor on how to promote renewable energy in the state.

For more information about the event, registration, opportunities for sponsorship, and a tentative agenda, please refer to the following link: Early-bird discount rates end Thursday, May 12.

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