Workshop to Examine Outlook for State and Federal Policies to Promote Geothermal Energy in the West

September 25, 2008

RENO, Nev. Experts from around the country will discuss the outlook for state and federal policies to help expand geothermal energy at an all-day workshop scheduled for Reno, Nevada on October 4th.

The program is being held in conjunction with the Geothermal Energy 2008 Conference and Expo. It is sponsored jointly by the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) and the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) and will be held at the Peppermill Hotel.

"With national and state attention focused on energy and environmental issues, there are numerous federal and state laws and policies that will impact the geothermal industry," noted Karl Gawell, Executive Director of GEA. "This workshop will give those interested a unique chance to understand how these policies might shape the future of this industry."

Topics to be examined include: climate change, state and regional transmission initiatives and policies, federal tax incentives, federal and state leasing and permitting, geothermal resource assessment, research and technology development, and RPS laws and regulations. In addition, there will be presentations from different western states about their state-level efforts on geothermal energy.

Representatives from Nevada, California, Texas, Montana, Utah, Idaho, Arizona and other states are expected to participate. Workshop speakers include: Ric O' Connell of Black and Veatch; John McCaull, GEA Western States Representative; Dan Schochet, Chairman of the Nevada Governor's Renewable Energy Transmission Access Advisory Committee; Jonathan Weisgall, MidAmerican Energy; Matt Ferguson, Principal & Practice Leader of National Renewable Energy, Reznick Group, P.C.; Bob Epstein, Environmental Entrepreneurs; Ann Notthoff, Natural Resources Defense Council (invited); Sheridan J. Pauker, Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati; V. John White, Californian's for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (invited); Jan-Smutney Jones, Independent Energy Producers; John A. McKinsey, Stoel Rives LLP; Layne Ashton, Raser Technologies; Robert King, Good Company Associates; Dr. Colin Williams, US Geologic Survey; Ed Wall, US Department of Energy; William Glassley, California Geothermal Energy Collaborative and formerly California Energy Commission; Lisa Shevenell, UNR Great Basin Center; Kermit Witherbee, BLM; Tracy Parker, US Forest Service; Paula Blaydes, Western GeoPower; Doug Glaspey or Roy Mink, US Geothermal; Jerry Fish and Chris Heaps, Stoel Rives LLP; and Karl Gawell, GEA's Executive Director.

There is a $150 registration fee for the workshop, which is reduced to $75 for GEA or GRC members, state or federal government employees, and non-profit organization employees (fee includes refreshments, light breakfast and lunch).

For more information or to register for the workshop, vist the website or contact Karl Gawell at 202-454-5264 . Interested press should contact Leslie Blodgett at 202-454-5261 or by email at

SOURCE Geothermal Energy Association