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.

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.