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 Center.
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.
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.