GEA 2014 International Geothermal Showcase Calls for enhancements to geothermal finance, policy

GEA will also release a new, consolidated annual update on the US and international geothermal industries.

Washington, D.C. (January 28, 2014) – Organizations and individuals at the forefront of clean energy development are marking their calendars for Earth Day 2014 (Tuesday, April 22), when the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) will host a one-day International Geothermal Showcase at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. With the global geothermal market showing dramatic growth, the event will feature an exciting program showcasing geothermal projects, trends and governmental policies in the U.S. and around the world.

For the event, GEA will also release a new, consolidated annual update on the US and international geothermal industries. GEA is pleased to be holding the Showcase with support from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Office.

"For one day, on April 22nd, Washington will become the geothermal capitol of the world," commented Karl Gawell, noting that GEA's International Showcase will bring together the industry, policy makers, analysts, NGOs, and other experts to review what needs to be done to advance geothermal energy. "With projects under development in nearly 70 countries, the Fourth GEA International Showcase is sure to be an exciting event bringing together industry and governmental leaders from across the globe."

Leading speakers from government and finance have already confirmed. Ali Zaidi, the Senior Director of Cabinet Affairs for The White House will present the Showcase's luncheon keynote address. Confirmed panelists and presenters include Magnus Gehringer, CEO, Consent Energy LLC; Craig O'Connor, Director, Office of Renewable Energy & Environmental Exports, Export-Import Bank of the United States; Pierre Audinet, Clean Energy Program Team Leader, ESMAP Program, The World Bank; Mary Mervene, Managing Director, Structured Finance, Overseas Private Investment Corporation; Dave Watson, CEO, EnergySource; Mike Long, Vice President, Galena Advisors- a division of POWER Engineers; Horst Kreuter, Director, Geothermal Power Tanzania; Stanley Kamau, Director/Head of Public Private Partnership (PPP) Unit, Ministry of Finance, Warren Dewhurst, Managing Member, Dewhurst Group; Mark Taylor, Head of Research, Non-Intermittent Clean Energy, Bloomberg New Energy Finance; Ann Robertson-Tait, Business Development Manager and Senior Geologist, GeothermEx; Doug Hollett, Program Director, US DOE Geothermal Technologies Office; and Alex Richter, Board Member, International Geothermal Association. In addition, invited speakers include representatives from the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Army, Gradient Resources, CFE, Alstom, Cyrq Energy, Reykjavik Geothermal, Geothermal Development Company, Ethiopia Electric Power Corporation, the African Development Bank, KenGen, PowerAfrica, Enel, PLN- Indonesia, Pertamina Geothermal, US Geothermal, EDC, and more.

The Showcase will cover topics including:

· The geothermal market today;

· Projects under development in the U.S. and internationally;

· Outlook for the future of the geothermal market;

· Policies driving geothermal development;

· New technologies; and

· Federal agency support at home and abroad.

The last GEA international event in Washington DC was held in 2012, and involved more than 250 industry leaders, government officials and other power sector representatives from the U.S. and 26 countries around the world.

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About the Geothermal Energy Association:

The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) is a trade association comprised of U.S. companies that 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 Subscribe to GEA's newsletter here. Follow GEA on Twitter. Become a fan on Facebook.

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