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

Wednesday, June 3

4:30-6:30pm
Exhibits and Networking Reception

5:15pm
Opening Remarks: State of the US Industry, in brief
Karl Gawell, Executive Director, Geothermal Energy Association (GEA), confirmed

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

Thursday, June 4


8:30-9:15am
Keynote Addresses
Moderated by: Joe Greco, Senior Vice President, Terra-Gen Power, LLC, invited

  • Video Keynote Address by Senator Dean Heller, Senator of Nevada, confirmed
  • Video Keynote Address by Senator Harry Reid, Senator of Nevada, confirmed
  • Commissioner Hochschild, California Energy Commission, confirmed
  • Senator Kelvin Atkinson, Nevada Senate District 4, tentative
  • Senator Ben Hueso, California State Senate 40th District, invited
  • Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, Califonia District 56, invited
  • Neil Kornze, Director, Bureau of Land Management, invited

9:15-10:15am
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, confirmed

  • Paul Thomsen, Director, Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy, confirmed
  • Karen Edson, Vice President, Policy and Client Services, California ISO, confirmed
  • Rahm Orenstein, Vice President, Business Development, Ormat, confirmed
  • Avis Kowalewski, Vice President of Western Government and Regulatory Affairs, Calpine, invited

10:15-10:45am
Networking break

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, CEERT, confirmed
Panelists:

  • Carl Stills, Energy Manager, Imperial Irrigation District, confirmed
  • Barry Dong, Manager Geothermal/Biomass, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, confirmed
  • Stacey Kusters, Vice President of Renewable Energy & Origination, NV Energy, confirmed
  • Elaine Sison-Lebrilla, Senior Project Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, confirmed
  • Amy Miller, Director of Community, Environment and Local Government, PNM, invited

12:15-1:15pm
Lunch

1:15-2:45pm
Brief presentations and panel discussion: “The local economic benefits of geothermal energy”

Moderator: Benjamin Matek, Industry Analyst & Research Projects Manager, Geothermal Energy Association (GEA), confirmed
Panelists:

  • Rachel Dahl, Executive Director, Churchill Economic Development Authority, confirmed
  • Councilwoman Naomi Duerr, City of Reno Ward 2, President, Desert Pacific Exploration, Inc. confirmed
  • Andy Horne, Deputy County Executive Officer, Natural Resources Development, County of Imperial, confirmed
  • Timothy Kelley, Executive Director, Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation, confirmed
  • Supervisor Anthony Farrington, Chair, Lake County Board of Supervisors, confirmed
  • Ken Speer, Assistant General Manager, Northern California Power Agency, confirmed

2:45-3:15pm
Networking break

3:15-4:30pm
Brief presentations and panel discussion: “Geothermal energy and state climate mitigation plans”
Moderated by: Ann Robertson-Tait, Business Development Manager / Senior Geologist, GeothermEx, Inc., confirmed
Panelists:

  • Michal Moore, Visiting Professor of Economics and Systems Engineering, Research Fellow, Atkinson Centre for a Sustainable Future, Cornell Energy Institute, confirmed
  • Jeff Deyette, Asst. Director, Energy Research and Analysis, Union of Concerned Scientists, confirmed
  • Colin Williams, Science Center Director, USGS, confirmed
  • Noah Long, Legal Director, Western Energy Project, Energy & Transportation Program, National Resources Defense Council, tentative


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, confirmed
Panelists:

  • Jay Nathwani, Acting Director, U.S. Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Office, confirmed
  • Randy Keller, Director of Development, Transmission and Land Assets, CalEnergy, confirmed
  • Doug Glaspey, President, COO, and Director, US Geothermal, confirmed
  • Nick Goodman, CEO, Cyrq Energy, confirmed
  • Aaron Mandell, CEO, AltaRock Energy, Inc., confirmed

Joined by:

  • Karen Edson, Vice President, Policy and Client Services, California ISO, confirmed
  • Paul Thomsen, Director, Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy, confirmed
  • Commissioner Hochschild, California Energy Commission, confirmed
  • Senator Kelvin Atkinson, Nevada Senate District 4, tentative
  • Senator Ben Hueso, California State Senate 40th District, invited