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GEA Geothermal Energy Expo 2011 set to convene world’s largest gathering of geothermal business leaders in San Diego

-Expo returns to the industry’s birthplace for a unique opportunity to make important business connections-

San Diego, CA (September 7, 2011) – From Oct. 23-26, the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) will gather global business leaders in geothermal power for the industry’s leading networking event, the GEA Geothermal Energy Expo 2011, held in conjunction with the GRC’s 35th Annual Meeting at the Town and Country Resort Hotel in San Diego, California.

“The annual GEA Expo plays an essential role in connecting leaders of the geothermal community with the innovative technology and equipment necessary to get business done and continue industry progress,” said GEA Executive Director Karl Gawell.

California is a policy leader in the United States with one of the most ambitious Renewable Portfolio Standards in the country. California’s landmark renewable energy standard legislation was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown this year, and will require California utilities to provide at least a third of their electricity from clean and safe renewable sources like geothermal by the year 2020.

California is No. 1 in installed geothermal capacity with a total of 43 operating geothermal power plants producing nearly 1,800 megawatts, about two-thirds of the total United States' geothermal generation. It is estimated that the state has a potential of more than 3,000 megawatts of additional power from geothermal energy, using current technologies.

Between the GEA Geothermal Energy Expo and the GRC Annual Meeting, event organizers expectclose to 3,000 attendees to walk the sold out Expo floor. The complete exhibitor list is available at http://www.geothermalenergy2011.com/exhibitors.asp.

GEA thanks Expo sponsors including Platinum sponsor Ormat, Gold sponsors NALCO and Siemens Silver sponsor the City of Reno, and Bronze sponsors the Geothermal Resource Group, POWER Engineers, Íslandsbanki, and Pratt & Whitney Power Systems. Other sponsors for the Expo include Mitsubishi Power Systems, Calpine Corporation, BM Holdings Company, and TNG Energy Services.

The general public can visit the Expo Hall for a $50 registration fee per day, and student registration is complimentary with valid student ID. For information on registration, the floor plan and agenda, please visit http://www.geothermalenergy2011.com/. The GEA is also on Twitter @geoenergist. Please join the conversation with the Twitter tag #GEAExpo.

For more information about exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kathy Kent at (202) 454-5263 or kathy@geo-energy.org. Requests for media credentials should be directed to Adam Daley at the Rosen Group, 646-695-7043 or adam@rosengrouppr.com.

About the Geothermal Energy Association:
The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) is a trade association composed of U.S. companies who 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 http://www.geo-energy.org/. Follow GEA on Twitter. Become a fan on Facebook.

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