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Geothermal Energy Association Announces Nominees for Inaugural GEA Honors Awards

-Winners to be named at the GEA National Geothermal Summit in Reno, Nev. on August 16-

Washington, DC (July 18, 2011) – The Geothermal Energy Association has announced the nominees for the inaugural GEA Honors, designed to recognize the individuals and companies that have made significant contributions to the development of the geothermal industry. Winners will be named at an awards dinner on August 16 in Reno, Nev. in conjunction with the first ever GEA National Geothermal Summit.

GEA Honors will be awarded to GEA member companies in three distinct areas: Technological Advancement, Economic Development and Environmental Stewardship. A Special Recognition Honor is open to the entire industry.

“It’s our duty as an association to highlight the efforts of companies and individuals that are advancing geothermal energy by leading the innovation, development and promotion of the industry through community engagement, education, and job creation,” said GEA’s Kathy Kent. “We are thrilled that we received such a strong response in GEA Honors’ inaugural year, and we look forward to honoring all of these nominees at our awards dinner at the GEA National Geothermal Summit next month.”

Technological Advancement – Awarded to an individual or company that has developed a new, innovative or pioneering technology to further geothermal development.

  • Atlas Copco Gas and Process Division
  • Enel Green Power North America Acoustical Energy Dissipaters aka “Silencers”
  • GeoTek Energy LLC’s Gravity Head Energy Technology
  • Nevada Geothermal Power’s Blue Mountain Faulkner 1 Plant
  • Star Energy “Wayang Windu” facility in West Java
  • TAS Energy Inc. New High Efficiency Binary Expander
Economic Development – Awarded to an individual or company that has made a substantial contribution to the development of local, regional or national markets through the development of geothermal systems.
  • GeoGlobal Energy LLC’s GGE Chile SpA
  • Ormat Technologies, Inc.
  • Ram Power Corp’s San Jacinte-Tizate Geothermal Project
  • Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
Environmental Stewardship – Awarded to individual or company that has fostered outstanding environmental stewardship through the use of geothermal systems. These award nominations were evaluated by and will be presented in conjunction with the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI).
  • EnergySource LLC/Hudson Ranch 1
  • NV Energy
  • Northern California Power Agency (NCPA)
Special Recognition – Awarded to individuals and companies for outstanding achievement in the geothermal industry.
  • Charlene Wardlow, Ormat
  • Dan Schochet, Ram Power
  • Geothermal Development Associates
  • Hezy Ram, Ram Energy, Inc.
  • Jonathan Weisgall, MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company
  • Larry Nickerson, Ormat
  • Marilyn Nemzer, Geothermal Education Office
  • POWER Engineers
  • Wendell Howard, Geothermal Resource Group
  • Wendy Calvin, University of Nevada Reno, Great Basin Center

The GEA National Geothermal Summit will bring together business and policy leaders to address the most pressing issues for the industry, including: outlooks for Washington D.C. and the western states, building new transmission projects in the west, new renewable energy policy developments in California, and moving geothermal forward on public lands. An Expo Hall will feature government agencies, universities and leading geothermal developers from the growing geothermal industry. For the event agenda or to register, visit

For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kathy Kent at 202.454.5263 or Requests for media credentials should be directed to Adam Daley, The Rosen Group, at 646 695 7043 or

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 Follow GEA on Twitter. Become a fan on Facebook.

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