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Wed., Aug. 8; 12:00pm-1:00pm PT

Contact: Shawna Seldon
917 971 7852

GEA National Geothermal Summit Media Roundtable
To Address Path Forward for Geothermal Energy

California could be headed for another electricity crisis if the power plants it needs to meet demand in the coming decade aren't realized. But recent GEA research points to over 4,500 MW of geothermal power under development in California, Oregon and Nevada to underscore that geothermal power can continue to play a significant role in meeting California's clean energy needs. Today, geothermal power plants provide 4.6% of California's power, and together the new projects GEA identifies could triple that contribution. Geothermal development is ramping up, but it needs policies that will support sustained growth and technological innovation to help the state achieve its clean power goals. The GEA National Geothermal Summit will host a media roundtable, bringing together government and industry leaders, as well as members of the media, for a constructive dialogue about the challenges facing the geothermal industry and policies needed to keep geothermal technologies growing. Lunch will be provided.


  • Karl Gawell, Executive Director, Geothermal Energy Association (GEA)
  • Stacey Crowley, Director, Nevada State Office of Energy
  • JR Delarosa, Renewable Energy Advisor, Office of Governor Brown
  • John DiStasio, General Manager / CEO, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
  • Douglas Hollett, Program Director of the Geothermal Technologies Program at the US Department of Energy and former Manager of Unconventional New Ventures for Marathon Oil
  • Dr. Jane C.S. Long, Co-Chair, California’s Energy Future Committee, California Council on Science and Technology
  • Paul Thomsen, Director, Ormat Technologies, Inc.
  • Jonathan Weisgall, Vice President for Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, MidAmerican Renewables

Wed., August 8
12:00pm-1:00pm PT
Lunch will be provided.

Ballroom Regency D
Hyatt Regency
1209 L Street
Sacramento, Calif.

To request press credentials, please contact Shawna Seldon, or 917 971 7852.

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 Check out GEA’s YouTube Channel. Follow GEA on Twitter. Become a fan on Facebook..
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