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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

5:45-6:30pm
GEA Honors Awards Ceremony

Thursday, June 4

7:00-8:30am
Continental Breakfast
Grand Salon

8:30-8:45am
Opening Remarks: State of the US Industry, in brief
Karl Gawell, Executive Director, Geothermal Energy Association (GEA), confirmed

8:45-9:30am
Keynote Addresses
Reno Ballroom
Moderated by: Karl Gawell, Executive Director, Geothermal Energy Association (GEA), confirmed

  • Video Keynote Address by Senator Dean Heller, Senator of Nevada, confirmed
  • Welcome remarks by: Lucas Ingvoldstad, Energy and Public Lands Manager in Northern Nevada, Office of Senator Harry Reid, confirmed
  • Commissioner Hochschild, California Energy Commission, confirmed
  • John Ruhs, Acting State Director, Bureau of Land Management, Nevada, confirmed

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, 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
  • Matt Barmack, Director, Market & Regulatory Analysis, Calpine, confirmed


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, 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, tentative


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), 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
  • Micah Mitrosky, LEED Green Associate, Environmental Organizer, IBEW Local 569, confirmed

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., 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
  • Chad Augustine, Geothermal Energy Engineer/Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, confirmed


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
  • Josh Nordquist, Director of Business Development, Ormat, 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
  • John Ruhs, State Director, Bureau of Land Management, Nevada, confirmed