Geothermal Summit examines future of baseload renewable technologies

June 7-8
Reno, Nevada

Geothermal Energy Association’s You are leaving (GEA) fifth annual summit, June 7-8 at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nevada, has a broader focus this year. The future prospects of geothermal, biomass and hydropower technologies will take center stage at the first Baseload Renewable Energy Summit You are leaving

The National Hydropower Association You are leaving (NHA) and the Biomass Power Association You are leaving (BPA) are teaming up with GEA to kick-start a conversation about the importance of baseload renewable technologies in a more diverse, less carbon-intensive energy supply. Geothermal, biomass and hydropower resources combined represent nearly two-thirds of US renewable generation today, yet they are frequently overlooked and undervalued in media discussions about renewable energy. All three industries face barriers at the political, financial and societal levels. The summit will focus on discussing the values, prospects and problems facing these technologies with an emphasis on highlighting potential solutions.

The agenda brings together experts from each industry, as well as utility, research and regulatory professionals and regional and federal officials. Panel discussions cover the role of baseload renewables in reducing carbon emissions, meeting clean energy goals and balancing the grid; market issues; new technology and hybrid project opportunities and policy challenges.

The Baseload Renewable Energy Summit offers utilities an excellent opportunity to make their voices heard to industries that can help them deliver a balanced portfolio and a cleaner energy future. Register You are leaving before May 6 to receive the early-bird discount. Members of GEA, NHA, BPA, Geothermal Resources Council You are leaving and American Council on Renewable Energy You are leaving receive an additional discount.

Sponsorships and tabling opportunities are also available for the entire summit as well as networking events. Contact Rani Chatrath at 202-454-5261 for more information.

Source: Geothermal Energy Association, 3/31/16

Register for National Geothermal Summit


The National Geothermal Summit, June 3-4, 2015, is sponsored by the Geothermal Energy Association.

Early-bird discount ends April 17

June 3-4, 2015
Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
Reno, Nevada

The only thing better than attending the fifth annual National Geothermal Summit You are leaving is getting a discount on your registration for the premier forum of the geothermal industry. Get in on that great deal by registering You are leaving before April 17 to receive the early-bird discount for Geothermal Policies as Stimulus for Economic Growth and Environmental Quality.

Issues abound
The Geothermal Energy Association You are leaving (GEA) sponsors the summit, this year taking place June 3-4 at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino You are leaving in Reno, Nevada. Expect a packed agenda covering such timely topics as:

  • The potential role of geothermal energy in state initiatives and plans for addressing climate change
  • The ability of geothermal resources to tackle tomorrow’s power needs
  • Local economic benefits of geothermal
  • The importance of geothermal for reliability of the grid
  • Valuing geothermal for power contracts
  • The future outlook for the geothermal industry in the US

Confirmed speakers include representatives from Western customers Los Angeles Department of Water and PowerYou are leaving Imperial Irrigation District You are leaving and Sacramento Municipal Utility DistrictYou are leaving All three utilities have extensive experience with blending geothermal generation into their portfolios.

Recognizing excellence
In addition to informative workshops, the summit offers many opportunities to network with colleagues and industry leaders, including coffee breaks, luncheon and kick-off and closing receptions. As part of the opening reception on June 3, GEA and Gold sponsor Ormat will award the 2015 GEA Honors.

The awards recognize contributions made in the past year that have advanced technology, business and environmental sustainability through geothermal energy. Geothermal business leaders may nominate individuals or companies in the following categories:

  • Technological Advancement: For pioneering new ideas or innovative technology in geothermal energy.
  • Economic Development: For contributing to the development of local, regional or national markets through geothermal systems.
  • Environmental Stewardship: For promoting environmental sustainability through geothermal systems.
  • Special Recognition: For outstanding achievements in the geothermal energy industry.

Anyone may submit a nomination. GEA board members will evaluate submissions and select the awards based on:

  • Involvement in the industry
  • Contributions to the development and promotion of the industry
  • Leadership and success
  • Innovative use or furthering of industry resources
  • Positive overall environmental footprint (air/water/land protection)
  • Community engagement and education
  • Job creation

The deadline for GEA Honors submissions is May 15. Download and complete the online application and submit it to Yasmin Romitti by May 15. You may also contact Romitti at 202-454-5263 to learn about sponsorship opportunities or to request press credentials.

Source: Western’s Green Power News via Geothermal Energy Association, 3/25/15

Get ready for the 2014 GRC Annual Meeting, GEA Expo

GEAexpoJoin the Geothermal Resources CouncilRedirecting to a non-government site (GRC) and the Geothermal Energy AssociationRedirecting to a non-government site (GEA) in Portland, Oregon, Sept. 28 to Oct. 1 for the geothermal energy industry’s largest annual gathering.

The theme for the 38th GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo is Geothermal: A Global Solution. In keeping with the theme, internationally known geothermal energy experts will be among the scientists, producers, renewable energy industry stakeholders, regulators, utilities and business leaders participating in discussions and presentations.

The agenda will offer technical, policy and market conference sessions; educational seminars; tours of local geothermal and renewable energy projects; and numerous networking opportunities. The trade show brings together system and equipment vendors and other trade allies from around the world to share the latest in products, services, technologies and solutions. Entrance to the Expo Hall is included with registration for the annual meeting.

Randy Manion, Western’s Renewable Resources Program manager, hopes Western customers will take the opportunity to learn more about this base-load resource. “Geothermal energy can help utilities meet their environmental goals and mandates,” he explained. “The earth’s heat is available everywhere, and the diverse technologies for harnessing it are improving rapidly.”

Explore before expo
Newcomers to geothermal energy may want to arrive in Portland a few days early to take advantage of pre-meeting field trips. Discover how ancient volcanic activity created the fertile wine country of the Willamette Valley, or how the destructive force of Mount St. Helens is still shaping the region. Learn about the game-changing technology of enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) at Altarock Energy’s Newberry Volcano Demonstration project. Or stay on to see geothermal energy in action at a post-meeting tour of the Klamath Falls campus of the Oregon Institute of Technology, home of the world famous Geo-Heat CenterRedirecting to a non-government site.

Attendees who are actively considering undertaking a geothermal project can delve into the nuts and bolts of development at pre-meeting workshops. Basic Introduction to Geothermal Systems and Exploration Strategies, on Sept. 26-27, examines the basic dynamics of geothermal resources and how to explore for them. Also scheduled for Sept. 26-27 is Geothermal Leasing, Unitization and Water Use Legal Issues, and exploration of the laws and issues associated with permitting and developing geothermal projects.

Celebrating achievement
The GRC Annual Meeting wraps up with the Awards Luncheon on Oct. 1, where the Geothermal Resources Council recognizes outstanding contributions to the industry. The GRC Awards honor distinguished colleagues in the geothermal community for achievements in advocacy, resource development, design, engineering and construction.

Moving from science to art, the 35th Annual Amateur Photo Contest is showcasing artistic pictures of geothermal energy in its many forms including energy production, EGS, direct use and geothermal heat pumps. Winning entries will be displayed before the Opening Session, posted during the GRC Annual Meeting and published in the GRC Bulletin, and will become part of the GRC photo library.

More work, play
Technical sessions will cover financing, exploration, case studies, regulatory issues, power operations, direct use systems and utility and transmission issues—just to scratch the surface.Check the meeting website for the full agenda.

Outside of the sessions, attendees will have the chance to unwind and network with other professionals while enjoying a unique and beautiful city. The popular Charity Golf Tournament, on Sunday, Sept. 28, and the GRC Annual Banquet on Sept. 29, promise to make memorable use of Portland amenities.

If this sounds like a great way to find out how an abundant clean energy resource might fit into your energy portfolio, make plans to attend the 38th GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo.

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.

GRC annual meeting heads for Sacramento

Be part of the biggest geothermal conference and expo in North America. “Celebrating 50 Years of Clean, Renewable Power,” the Geothermal Resource Council’s (GRC) 2010 annual meeting, will take place Oct. 24 to 27, 2010 at the Sacramento Convention Center.

Now in its 34th year, the GRC annual meeting attracts the leading voices and minds of the geothermal industry from every corner of the globe. Attendees can network, explore business and educational opportunities and learn about the latest geothermal research, exploration, development and use. More than 205 papers representing five tracks have been accepted for presentation at the annual meeting. Session tracks include power operations, enhanced geothermal systems, heat pumps and direct use applications, geophysics and more.

Pre-conference events include workshops and field trips. Workshops on Oct. 22 and 23 will focus on reservoir evaluation, developing energy efficiency and renewable energy portfolios, geothermal heat pumps, and DOE’s Geothermal Electricity Technology Evaluation Model (GETEM). Attendees may sign up for tours of the California Independent Systems Operator or the Geysers steam field, now in its fifth decade of geothermal electricity generation. The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) is also hosting a public policy pre-conference workshop on Saturday, Oct. 23.

In tandem with the annual meeting is the GEA Geothermal Energy Expo, the world’s largest gathering of vendors supporting geothermal resource exploration, characterization, development, production and management.

Meeting sponsorships and booth space are still available. For more information, call 530-758-2360.