Second Annual GEA National Geothermal Summit to Bring Top Industry and Policy Leaders to Sacramento

Confirmed speakers include California State Senator Alex Padilla; JR Delarosa, Advisor to the Governor for Renewable Energy, Office of California Gov. Jerry Brown; and Karen Douglas, Commissioner of the California Energy Commission

Washington, D.C. (June 18, 2011) – Registration is now open for the GEA National Geothermal Summit to be held August 7-8 in Sacramento. Hosted by the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA), the Summit brings together policy leaders, utilities and industry professionals to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the geothermal industry at a time when all renewable technology sectors are striving for sustained growth in order to deal with the world's current energy crisis. The event will feature a full slate of keynotes, panels and plenary sessions, as well as the GEA Honors Awards Dinner that recognize the best in geothermal.

"California is the world leader in geothermal, but its grip on the top spot is tenuous. We hope that by engaging in a dialogue with state political leaders, utilities and others, we can build momentum for expanding geothermal power production in the California, as well as Nevada and other neighboring states. This GEA Summit will bring together all of the key stakeholders to work to build a roadmap for the region's future," said GEA Executive Director Karl Gawell. "California has 31 geothermal projects now under development that could almost double current geothermal production in the state, and there is substantial additional capacity in neighboring states. Geothermal is the largest renewable power producing technology in the state, and thousands of Megawatts more can be added to meet the states renewable power goals. If policies support this growth, it will mean economic growth, thousands of new jobs, a more reliable and cost-effective power system, and a cleaner environment in the state."

The event will feature speakers including California State Senator Alex Padilla; JR Delarosa, Advisor to the Governor for Renewable Energy, Office of California Gov. Jerry Brown; Karen Douglas, Commissioner of the California Energy Commission; Karen Edson, Vice-President, Policy and Client Services, Caiso; and John DiStasio, General Manager & CEO, SMUD. Industry leaders will include representatives from GeothermEx, Alta Rock Energy Inc., and Lockheed Martin. The event is made possible by Gold Level sponsor Stoel Rives and co-sponsors including the Geothermal Resources Council and UC Davis.

Topics for the Summit include geothermal and renewable energy outlooks for California and neighboring states, utility experience with geothermal power, reducing the risk for geothermal drilling and exploration, streamlining projects and permits, and improving incentives for geothermal power. An exhibit area will feature government, sponsor and industry tabletops.

On August 7, the GEA Honors will recognize the leading companies and personalities in geothermal. Awards categories include Technological Advancement, Environmental Stewardship, Economic Development and additional honors for Special Recognition. Winners from last year's inaugural awards ceremony include TAS Energy Inc., Ormat Technologies, Inc. and Energy Source LLC.

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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

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