GEA Reports Show Industry Poised to Create Thousands of Jobs in 2011
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and GEA kick off the 2010 Geothermal Energy Expo
GEA Expo Press Conference Audio.mp3 (14MB)
Sacramento, Calif. (October 22, 2010) – Today at a press preview for the 2010
Geothermal Energy Expo, hosted by the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA),
Executive Director Karl Gawell announced the findings of new industry reports
that show the geothermal industry will add thousands of jobs as dozens of new
clean geothermal power plants come online or enter advanced stages of
GEA released reports on job creation in the geothermal industry and an industry
update that showed how the industry is creating more jobs than conventional
energy and is creating jobs that are permanent, full-time, and often provide a
higher wage; in some cases with pay that doubles county and state averages.
The GEA report—“Green Jobs through Geothermal Energy”—found that the federal
stimulus, tax incentives, and strong state renewable standards continue to fuel
the growth in geothermal power and job creation. Every geothermal project that
came online in 2009 took advantage of the tax reimbursement provisions of the
stimulus bill, which helped maintain momentum for new projects and continue to
create new jobs in America.
Four of the top five states with geothermal power under development have
substantial renewable electricity standards. In addition, the benefits of the
stimulus to the geothermal industry have yet to be fully realized.
About 95% of the projects receiving ARRA
funding are either less than 50% complete or have yet to break ground.
“Recovery Act funding is going to make a huge difference over the next year to
push projects to completion and create more jobs. The majority of the ARRA
investment will really start to pay dividends for the economy in 2011,” said
Karl Gawell, GEA Executive Director. “It is critical that we continue to support
these sound policies despite the rancor of several short-sighted initiatives
which seek to strip away these tools to help grow our economy.”
GEA anticipates that 2011 will be a high-point of geothermal activity in the US under the stimulus
legislation. There will be approximately 500 to 700 Megawatts of power projects
in the final construction phase in 2011, and these projects will add
approximately 3,000 construction jobs, primarily in Nevada
ARRA also appears to have drawn a
diverse group into the geothermal sector. Almost half of the Geothermal
Technologies Program awards from the stimulus went to non-industry entities such
as colleges and universities; cities, counties, and other state and local
institutions; tribal entities; and The Department of Energy’s National Labs.
“Ram Power is proud to be part of the burgeoning geothermal industry in the Western U.S. which owes its existence and robustness to the support of
the state and federal mandates and incentives. We believe that the Imperial
Valley in Southern California and the Geysers in Northern
California are two world class geothermal resource areas and we are
diligently working to finance and execute more than 300MW of projects, for which
we have power sales agreements. Over $1B will ultimately be invested in Ram
projects in California—creating
drilling and construction jobs as well as high-paying, permanent plant
operations jobs across the state,” said Jeremy Magrath, Project Manager,
Business Development, Ram Power Inc.
"Potter Drilling is developing a revolutionary hard rock drilling technology
that holds the promise to lower the cost and risk of developing geothermal
power. Recovery act funding has helped Potter Drilling to create and
maintain high paying green jobs and to accelerate development of our
technology,” said Jared Potter, CEO, Potter Drilling Inc.
Figure 1: Advanced Phase Project Development 2006 – 2011
As more geothermal industry jobs are being created, a number of colleges and
universities across the country are emerging with undergraduate, graduate, and
certification programs related to geothermal. GEA compiled the “US Geothermal Education and Training
Guide” that details 22 undergraduate and graduate programs at U.S. colleges and universities. Additionally, 31
schools have research opportunities in geothermal studies available to students.
“To keep creating jobs in the geothermal industry, we must keep getting talented
individuals coming into the industry. The programs at these leading schools will
develop the next generation of geothermal professionals,” Gawell said.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson welcomed the expected 2,500 attendees and 160
exhibitors to the world’s largest Expo dedicated to geothermal power. “Sacramento
is pleased to welcome the geothermal industry back to where geothermal power
started in the United States,”
said Mayor Johnson. “Northern California has
been a thriving hotspot for this activity for decades and we are thrilled to
bring the geothermal community together from all around the world to our city
for the 2010 Geothermal Energy Expo.”
The 2010 Geothermal Energy Expo, held at the
Sacramento Convention Center
Oct. 24-27, is the world's largest gathering of geothermal professionals and
showcases projects, equipment, services, and state of the art technology. A
Virtual Job Fair connects qualified applicants with the industry’s leading
companies. Complimentary admission is available to college students. The Expo floor will be open to the
public on Wed., Oct. 27, from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. More than 2,500 attendees and
over 160 exhibitors are expected to attend.
With new geothermal power projects in progress in fifteen states from the
Pacific to the Gulf Coast,
the expo has been rapidly expanding with the number of exhibitors at the
Geothermal Energy Expo more than doubling since 2008.
“We have exhibitors from 31 states and 10 countries represented at this year’s
expo. With open admission to the public on Wednesday, Oct. 27 and complimentary
admission to students for the entire expo, we are going to see the largest and
most exciting Expo ever,” said Kathy Kent, GEA Marketing and Events Manager
Leaders from the US
geothermal power industry will discuss the findings in the “Green Jobs through
Geothermal Energy” report at a press conference held in
Sacramento, Calif., on
Friday, Oct. 22, at 10:00am PT/1:00pm ET.
To attend or receive dial-in information, please contact
Garret Drexler, 646-695-7042 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. The complete reports are available at
For more information on the 2010 Geothermal Energy Expo, including exhibitors
and schedule, visit: