Geothermal Events Expected to Draw Record Crowd
What is becoming known as the largest international event for the geothermal power industry -- the Geothermal Energy Association's Trade Show -- is expected to draw record
crowds this year, according to the GEA. The annual event is held in
conjunction with the Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting, and over
1,500 participants and visitors are expected at the two events.
"Last year's programs brought together 1,000 people, and we anticipate
a 50% increase," noted Karl Gawell, GEA's Executive Director. The three day
events will be held October 1-3 at John Ascuaga's Nugget in Sparks
"We have seen dramatic new interest in the geothermal industry," noted
Gawell, "and that is translating into many new geothermal projects in the
US and around the world." In May 2007, GEA issued a report that identified
74 new geothermal power projects in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii,
Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
These projects, when developed, would double US geothermal power capacity
to almost 6,000 MW according to GEA. Another report on the international
market, which GEA released in April, identified 40 countries with
geothermal power development underway and projected a 50% growth in power
production worldwide by 2010. (Both reports are available free of charge at
Highlighting the opening session Monday, October 1, Governor Jim
Gibbons of Nevada and Michael Yackira, CEO of Sierra Pacific Resources,
will be speaking. Alexander Karsner, Assistant Secretary, US Department of
Energy and Michael Olsen, Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Department of
Interior will also be among the Keynote Speakers.
In the trade show hall, Monday's and Tuesday's "Lunch Time
Introductions" will feature major US developers -- including Ormat, Sierra
Geothermal, UTC Power, and Enel North America -- will highlight the new
geothermal power projects under development in over a dozen states. To
spotlight the fast-growing international market, ministry officials from
several countries, including Rwanda and Chile, are also scheduled to
introduce their national geothermal efforts to the Trade Show's
participants and guests.
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