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National Geothermal Summit 2015
“Geothermal Policies as Stimulus for Economic Growth and Environmental Quality”

Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
Reno, NV
June 3-4, 2015

Wednesday, June 3

5:00-6:30pm
Summit Kick Off Networking Reception

Grand Salon

5:30-6:00pm
GEA Honors Awards Ceremony


Thursday, June 4

7:00-8:30am
Continental Breakfast

Grand Salon

8:30-9:30am
Keynote Addresses

Reno Ballroom
Moderated by: Karl Gawell, Executive Director, Geothermal Energy Association (GEA)
    • Video Keynote Address by Senator Dean Heller, Senator of Nevada
    • Welcome remarks by: Lucas Ingvoldstad, Energy and Public Lands Manager in Northern Nevada, Office of Senator Harry Reid
    • Commissioner Hochschild, California Energy Commission
    • John Ruhs, Acting State Director, Bureau of Land Management, Nevada

9:30-10:30am
Brief presentations and panel discussion: “Geothermal and its values in meeting state and regional clean power needs”

Moderated by: Yoram Bronicki, President, GEA and Chairman, Ormat
    • Paul Thomsen, Director, Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy
    • Karen Edson, Vice President, Policy and Client Services, California ISO
    • Rahm Orenstein, Vice President, Business Development, Ormat
    • Matt Barmack, Director, Market & Regulatory Analysis, Calpine Corporation

10:30-10:45am
Networking break

Grand Salon

10:45am-12:15pm
Brief presentations and panel discussion: “Utilities discuss geothermal and best ways forward for a reliable utility power supply”

Moderated by: V. John White, Executive Director, Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT)
Panelists:
    • Carl Stills, Energy Manager, Imperial Irrigation District
    • Barry Dong, Manager Geothermal/Biomass, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
    • Stacey Kusters, Vice President of Renewable Energy & Origination, NV Energy
    • Elaine Sison-Lebrilla, Senior Project Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

12:15-1:15pm
Lunch


1:15-3:00pm
Brief presentations and panel discussion: “The local economic benefits of geothermal energy”

Moderator: Benjamin Matek, Industry Analyst & Research Projects Manager, Geothermal Energy Association (GEA)
Panelists:
    • Rachel Dahl, Executive Director, Churchill Economic Development Authority
    • Councilwoman Naomi Duerr, City of Reno Ward 2, President, Desert Pacific Exploration, Inc.
    • Andy Horne, Deputy County Executive Officer, Natural Resources Development, County of Imperial
    • Timothy Kelley, Executive Director, Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation
    • Supervisor Anthony Farrington, Chair, Lake County Board of Supervisors
    • Ken Speer, Assistant General Manager, Northern California Power Agency
    • Micah Mitrosky, LEED Green Associate, Environmental Organizer, IBEW Local 569

3:00-3:30pm
Networking break

Grand Salon

3:30-4:30pm
Brief presentations and panel discussion: “Geothermal energy and state climate mitigation plans”

Reno Ballroom
Moderated by: Ann Robertson-Tait, Business Development Manager / Senior Geologist, GeothermEx, Inc.
Panelists:
    • Michal Moore, Visiting Professor of Economics and Systems Engineering, Research Fellow, Atkinson Centre for a           Sustainable Future, Cornell Energy Institute
    • Jeff Deyette, Asst. Director, Energy Research and Analysis, Union of Concerned Scientists
    • Chad Augustine, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

4:30-5:30pm
Wrap-up: Panel discussion “Moving geothermal forward in the West”

Moderated by: Terry Page, Director of Regulatory Affairs Innovation, Enel Green Power, North America
Panelists:
    • Jay Nathwani, Acting Director, U.S. Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Office
    • Randy Keller, Director of Development, Transmission and Land Assets, CalEnergy Operating Corporation (Berkshire   Hathaway Geothermal)
    • Doug Glaspey, President, COO, and Director, US Geothermal
    • Monte Morrison, Vice President of Operations, Cyrq Energy
    • Aaron Mandell, CEO, AltaRock Energy, Inc.
    • Josh Nordquist, Director of Business Development, Ormat
Joined by:
    • Karen Edson, Vice President, Policy and Client Services, California ISO
    • Paul Thomsen, Director, Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy
    • Commissioner Hochschild, California Energy Commission
    • John Ruhs, State Director, Bureau of Land Management, Nevada