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Geothermal Energy | Geothermal Energy Association Brings National Summit To Reno

RENO, Nev.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) is pleased to be holding its fourth annual National Geothermal Summit Tuesday, August 5 and Wednesday, August 6 in Reno, Nevada. The leading forum for western state policy discussions, the National Geothermal Summit will bring together policy leaders, utilities and industry professionals to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the industry.

“Geothermal power is a clean, affordable renewable energy resource, but for the industry to achieve its potential, state and federal policies must line up with industry needs,” noted GEA Executive Director Karl Gawell. “By stimulating dialogue on critical issues, the Summit hopes to make a difference in the industry’s future.”

“As a leading geothermal developer who’s brought a project online in Nevada nearly every year for the past decade, we look forward to working together with the various participants of the Summit and embracing this as a springboard toward future development of geothermal in the U.S.,” said Bob Sullivan, Vice-President of Business Development, Ormat, which is co-host of the Summit. “We’re eager to hear the ‘Future of the RPS’ discussions that will be featured on the Summit’s agenda.Key players from the regulatory and utility sectors will provide their vision and, with that, we’ll get a sneak peek into the future of geothermal.”


The Summit is made possible with the support of the City of Reno, Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) and the Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy. The Silver State is well represented with policy leadership participating, including Senator Kelvin Atkinson, Nevada Senate District 4; Assemblyman David Bobzien, Nevada Assembly 21; Rebecca Wagner, Commissioner, Public Utilities Commission of Nevada; and Paul Thomsen, Director, Governor’s Office of Energy, State of Nevada.

“The City of Reno is host to numerous geothermal companies and has enough geothermal production within the city limits to power the entire residential load. We are staunch supporters of the industry. We are also proud of our University of Nevada, Reno, which is an international geothermal leader,” said The Honorable Bob Cashell, City of Reno Mayor. “From the Governor and the Legislature to myself and the rest of the Reno City Council, Nevada’s elected officials are supportive of developing renewable energy resources and providing business and political support to ensure success of the industry.”

“While Nevadahas excelled at developing geothermal, we’re not done yet! The State of Nevada is committed to the development and exportation of renewable energy by removing barriers and


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