California: Imperial Valley Renewable Energy Summit, March 16-19, 2010
Imperial Valley in California, known among other things for its geothermal potential at the Salton Sea, will hold its 2010 Imperial Valley Renewable Energy Summit & Expo which will be held March 16-18.
The Imperial Valley in California, known among other things for its geothermal potential at the Salton Sea, will hold its “2010 Imperial Valley Renewable Energy Summit & Expo which will be held March 16-18. Now in its third year, the summit will take place at the Quechan Casino and Resort in Winterhaven in Imperial Valley, California.
The 2010 theme, “Growing California’s Green Economy,” will center on bringing investments in renewable energy projects and developing a green collar workforce in Imperial Valley.
“With over 40,000 megawatts of renewable energy potential in the Imperial Valley, this region will be the source for much of California’s renewable energy in the near future,” stated Tim Kelley, Executive Director of the IVEDC. “The goal of this summit is to bring renewable energy developers, investors and educators together to serve the state’s growing needs for green energy, transform its workforce and boost its economy.”
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed an executive order in September 2009 requiring the state draw 33 percent of its electricity from renewable sources like geothermal, solar and wind power by 2020. With the increased interest of utilities and independent power producers in developing renewable generation in Imperial Valley, this year’s attendance is expected to break 2009 attendance numbers.
The three-day event will include enlightening speakers, exposition, a networking reception and banquet.
With plenty of room for expansion, Imperial County is the second largest geothermal energy producing county in the nation, generating over 500 megawatts.
By itself, the area surrounding the Salton Sea has the ability to produce over 2,000 megawatts.
Several new geothermal facilities are presently being designed and built in Imperial County.”
Source: Tribune Weekly Chronicle