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Summit... with a twist

The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) is pleased to be holding its fifth annual National Geothermal Summit early this summer, but with a twist. This year, the leading forum for western state policy discussions will team up with the National Hydropower Association (NHA), and the Biomass Power Association (BPA) to create a new spin on the annual event. The Baseload Renewable Energy Summit (BRESx3) will be held on June 7-8, 2016 at the Grand Sierra in Reno, NV.

Geothermal, hydropower, and biomass often face similar problems at three main levels- political, financial, and societal. As in previous years, the Summit will focus on voicing key issues faced by the geothermal industry to both state and federal policy makers. In parallel to this, industry experts in hydropower and biomass will join panel discussions to shed light on the critical importance of base-load, renewable energy sources for grid reliability, reducing carbon dioxide emissions, and meeting rising energy demand.

Online registration is open until June 6th. After that time, only on-site registration will be available. Register now! GEA/ NHA/ BPA/ ACORE/ GRC members receive an additional discount.

Confirmed Speakers To-Date Include:

Welcoming Remarks by David Bobzien, Councilmember, City of Reno, NV

Opening Remarks by Rahm Orenstein, Vice President, Business Development, Ormat Technologies Inc.

Video Address by Senator Harry Reid, State of Nevada

Patricia Spearman, Nevada State Senator

Joe Greco, Senior Vice President, Terra-Gen LLC

Jack McGinley, Director of Regulatory and Legislative Strategy, NV Energy

Elaine Sison-Lebrilla, Senior Project Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)

Barry Dong, Manager Geothermal/ Biomass, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)

Tess Park, Vice President of Power Supply, Idaho Power

Brendan McCarthy, State Environmental Policy Manager, Portland General Electric

Benjamin Matek, Industry Analyst & Research Projects Manager, Geothermal Energy Association (GEA)

Angela Dykema, Director, Govenor's Office of Energy, State of Nevada

Lorenzo Trimble, Geologist, BLM Nevada

Steve Zuretti, Manager, Director, Regulatory Affairs- West, Brookfield Renewable

Rob Del Mar, Central Oregon Field Energy Analyst, Oregon Department of Energy

Ryan Kelley, Supervisor District 4, Imperial County Board of Supervisors

Randy Keller, Director of Development, CalEnergy

Rosemarie Smallcombe, Mariposa 1 District Supervisor

Jonathan Weisgall, Vice President of Government Relations, Berkshire Hathaway Energy

Jim Caldwell, Director-Board of Directors, Center for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Technologies (CEERT)

Drew Bohan, Chief Deputy Director, California Energy Commission

Susan Petty, President & Chief Technology Officer, AltaRock Energy

Joseph Scherer, CEO, GreenFire Energy

Gia Snyder, CEO, Natel Energy, Inc.

Bob Cleaves, President, Biomass Power Association

Karl Gawell, Executive Director, Geothermal Energy Association

Jeff Leahey, Deputy Executive Director, National Hydropower Association

Jan Smutny-Jones, Executive Director, Independent Energy Producers Association

Terry Page, Regulatory Affairs and Innovation, Enel Green Power

Julee Malinowski Ball, Partner, Public Policy Advocates

Charlene Wardlow, Geothermal Program Manager, California Department of Conservation

Josh Nordquist, Director, Business Development, Ormat Technologies, Inc.

Nick Goodman, CEO, Cyrq Energy Inc.

Michael McReynolds, Policy Advisor, Colorado Energy Office

Christopher Richard, Sr. Research Analyst, BCS, Incorporated

Daniel Fleischmann, Owner, Mountain Man Alternative Energy Consulting

Rex Stock, CEO & Founder, RDS, Inc.

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