First National Geothermal Summit brings industry together on policy, permitting

Reno Mayor Bob Cashell to deliver opening remarks

Industry and government leaders from both the state and national level will come together for the first GEA National Geothermal Summit in Reno, Nev., Aug. 16 to 17.

Sponsored by the Geothermal Energy Association, the event will focus on key opportunities in geothermal energy and challenges to its success and growth. Geothermal experts will join association members, companies and industry professionals to share real life approaches to getting geothermal projects in the ground and online. GEA believes that the summit will encourage productive dialogue that could help to accelerate geothermal projects across the western United States, and potentially create hundreds of thousands of new jobs.

The Summit begins Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 3 p.m., with a GEA members’ meeting. The association staff will present 2011 accomplishments and plans for 2012 and beyond, and hold elections for GEA’s board of directors. A networking dinner featuring special guest speakers and presentation of the first annual GEA Honors Awards follows the members’ meeting. 

On Wednesday, the Honorable Bob Cashell, Mayor of Reno, will welcome attendees to a day packed with educational sessions and networking opportunities. The agenda includes:

  • Outlooks for Washington D.C. and the Western States
  • Building New Transmission Projects in the Western States
  • New Renewable Energy Policy Developments in California
  • Moving Geothermal Forward on Public Lands

And don’t miss the Expo Hall featuring government agencies, universities and leading geothermal developers from the growing geothermal industry. Booth space is still available.

Register for the event online, or contact Kathy Kent at 202-454-5263 for more information.

Western Area Power Administration joins Ormat; Stoel Rives, LLP; and the City of Reno in supporting the National Geothermal Summit.