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EVENTS: Geothermal Workshop to Highlight 'Huge, Untapped' Opportunities in U.S. Western Region.

ENERGY RESOURCE-16 April 2009-EVENTS: Geothermal Workshop to Highlight 'Huge, Untapped' Opportunities in U.S. Western Region(C)2009 JeraOne - http://www.jeraone.com

The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) today announced speakers and panel topics for its upcoming Geothermal Finance, Technology, and Development Workshop in Seattle June 3.

The day-long workshop is being held in cooperation with the Mayor of Seattle's office and with the support of Gold Level Sponsors Ormat and Pratt and Whitney Power Systems.

"The West has a huge untapped geothermal energy potential," said Karl Gawell, GEA's Executive Director. "This workshop will help realize this potential by encouraging collaboration between leading geothermal developers, finance and investment specialists, government officials, lawyers, and technology experts from around the nation."

Panels and discussion will include:

-- Project development, including presentations from leading project developers on new geothermal projects and keys to successful development;

-- Technology, including a basic tutorial on understanding geothermal resources and technology and discussion on new and future developments in geothermal technology;

-- Finance, including information on the federal stimulus, the status of federal and state incentives, and approaches to project financing; and

-- Community/environmental issues and tribal and power company perspectives, with environmental and tribal leaders speaking to geothermal issues and benefits on a local scale

Confirmed speakers include: Karl Gawell, GEA; Greg Nickels, Mayor of Seattle; Senator Adam Kline, State of Washington; Susan Petty, AltaRock Energy; Kevin Wallace, POWER Engineers; Dave Norman, Washington State Geologist; Dave Sjoding, Washington State University; Phil Messer, PBS&J; Ken MacLeod, Western GeoPower; Michael Hayter, Raser Technologies; Dan Schochet, Ram Power; Hank Sennott, Enel NA; Ed Wall, US DOE; Paul Thomsen, Ormat; Halley Dickey, Turbine Air Systems; Lou Capuano, ThermaSource; Charles Baron, Google; Ross Macfarlane, Climate Solutions; Laurie McClenahan Hietter, RMT; Michael O'Connell, Stoel Rives, LLP; Michael Devine, NWB Economic Development Corp; Jonathan Weisgall, MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company; Mark Taylor, New Energy Finance; Tom King, US Renewables Group; CJ Arrigo, Glacier Capital Partners; John McIlveen, Jacobs and Company Securities; Jerry Fish, Stoel Rives; John Pierce, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati; Kermit Witherbee, US Bureau of Land Management; Bob Fujimoto, US Forest Service; Chad Teply or Mark Tallman, PacifiCorp; Craig Collar, Snohomish PUD; and Steve Ponder, NV Energy.

For more information and to register, visit www.geo-energy.org.

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