Global Geothermal Leaders to Convene in Washington on Earth Day 2014

Earth Day, April 22

Washington, D.C. (February 19, 2014) – Leading figures in geothermal power development will be participating in the GEA International Geothermal Showcase in Washington, D.C. on Earth Day, April 22. This includes speakers engaged in projects in Kenya, Tanzania, Switzerland, Romania, Turkey, Italy, Japan, Indonesia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nevis, Colombia, the United States, Iceland and more.


"With over 30 speakers already confirmed, the Showcase will present participants a view of the tapestry of geothermal developments around the world," commented Karl Gawell, GEA's Executive Director. To emphasize the clean energy attributes of geothermal power, the program is being held on Earth Day. Ali Zaidi, Deputy Director for Energy Policy, White House Domestic Policy Council, will present keynote remarks and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will present a video opening greeting to attendees.

In addition to examining geothermal power projects around the world, panels will present leading market analysis discussing the state of the geothermal sector, a top level expert discussion of geothermal project risk reduction, and presentations from leading financial institutions including the World Bank, the Export-Import Bank of the U.S., and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

The event will also mark the release of GEA's 2014 Global Market Update. In the 2013 report, over 70 countries were identified with geothermal power projects or prospects. "We expect 2014 to be an exciting year, with new projects coming on line every month," noted Ben Matek, GEA Industry Analyst.

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, the U.S. Department of State, the International Trade Administration, U.S. Energy Association, Export-Import Bank of the U.S., and the U.S. Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Office.

For more information about the event, or to register, go to http://www.geo-energy.org/events/April_22_2014_International%20GEA_Forum.aspx. For questions regarding sponsorships, please contact Kathy Kent at kathy@geo-energy.org. To request press credentials, please contact Shawna Seldon, The Rosen Group, 917 971 7852 or shawna@rosengrouppr.com.

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 www.geo-energy.org. Subscribe to GEA's newsletter here. Follow GEA on Twitter. Become a fan on Facebook.

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