GRC 2009 Annual Meeting Announced, Call for Abstracts Issued

December 18, 2008

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) issued a call for abstracts today with the announcement of the world’s largest geothermal event taking place October 4-7, 2009, in Reno, Nevada, at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino. Themed “Geothermal 2009: Making Renewable Energy Hot,” the GRC is the sponsor of the annual meeting. 

The GRC Annual Meeting is the industry’s largest gathering of leading geothermal energy scientists, geologists, academicians, producers, renewable energy industry stakeholders, regulators, utilities, and key associated business leaders. The four-day event will offer technical, policy, and market conference sessions, educational seminars, a trade show exhibition, tours of local geothermal and renewable energy projects and numerous networking opportunities.  

“The GRC Annual Meeting and GEA Expo smashed previous attendance records--up 45% over 2007 with a 30% boost in exhibitors.  With a steady increase in the number of geothermal projects under development worldwide, the GRC is looking ahead to a stronger program in 2009,” stated GRC executive director Curt Robinson.

The geothermal industry has experienced rapid growth worldwide playing a larger role in helping utilities reduce their carbon emissions due to its base-load appeal.  Fueling domestic geothermal growth in the future, Congress has also extended the federal production tax credit for new geothermal projects through 2010.  Renewable energy policies could also be strengthened in 2009 with the new administration coming into office.

To help shape the call for abstracts for the 2009 annual meeting, members of the geothermal industry, including electric utilities, were surveyed. As a result, the GRC 2009 planning committee will consider abstracts for its technical and poster sessions as follows:  

Conference Abstract Topics:  
Emerging Technologies and Research                     
Resource Assessment Enhanced Geothermal Systems
Case Studies Geology, Geophysics and Geochemistry   
Cost and Trends in Development International Projects and Issues    
Drilling and Construction Challenges Federal and State Policy Issues
Project Development Financing Events Leading to More Development 
Federal Tax Incentives and Potential Environmental Issues and Challenges
Power Operation and Maintenance Direct Use Applications and Technologies
GHP Applications and Technologies Transmission Issues
Project Development on Federal Lands Leasing and Permitting Issues
Equity Investor Perspectives Climate Change  

Other topics and issues of interest include:  
Resource Management
Power Marketing DOE Funded Projects
State Renewable Portfolio Standards State and Local Issues
Utility and Industry Issues State Tax Incentives
Careers US Energy Policy
Renewable Energy and Carbon Credits Legal Issues
Supply Chain Issues and Solutions
Other Issues

The GRC Annual Meeting theme, “Geothermal 2009: Making Renewable Energy Hot,” should be addressed in abstracts. The annual meeting will focus on the actions required to secure the world’s energy future through geothermal projects. Abstracts should consider how to achieve energy security by identifying major issues and challenges and discussing solutions for the advancement of the geothermal industry.

Additional information about abstract requirements and submission forms can be obtained by contacting the GRC at (530) 758-2360, at the GRC website, or going directly to the organization's Abstract Submission or Abstract Selection Process web pages. For information on how to sponsor this event, contact Estela Smith, GRC, (530) 758-2360 or grc@geothermal.org.    

About the Geothermal Resources Council:   With the experience and dedication of its diverse, international membership bolstering a 37-year track record, the Geothermal Resources Council has built a solid reputation as the United States’ preeminent geothermal association. The GRC serves as a focal point for continuing professional development for its members through its outreach, information transfer and education services.

Source: Geothermal Resources Council Press Release.