Short local TV report on the GRC Annual Meeting and GEA Geothermal Expo this week
In this short report, a local TV station from Reno talks to a few participants of the GRC Annual Meeting and GEA Geothermal Expo that closed on Wednesday this week.
At the opening session of this year’s GRC Annual Meeting in Reno, Nevada, Paul Thomsen, Director at the Governor of Nevada’s Office of Energy talked about the proud history of Nevada in geothermal energy pointing out the 30 year history.
In a short video piece, local TV station KTVN reports on the GRC & GEA events this week talking to several participants providing short .
“It is the center for geothermal,” says Isaac Angel, Ormat CEO.
Yvette Hamacek of Geothermal Development Associates says, “We have steamboat on the south side of town which produces enough power for all of the homes in our area.”
“It’s a really great spot,” says Steve Ponder Geothermal Resources Council Director.
What makes Reno unique is the proximity of geothermal manufacturing to city life. While we’ve seen an overall growth in renewable energy sources over the past few years, geothermal energy itself has been in Reno since the 1980’s. The convention is a great way for businesses to network and for the public to gain awareness.
“Lots of people in the business probably 50% of them are still in the Reno area,” says Ponder.
Ormat is a huge geothermal corporation with sites located throughout the world. They’re based in Reno. “For us this is the place to be,” says Angel.
As of last year roughly 10% of Northern Nevada’s energy capacity is geothermal. Geothermal Development Associates is a business located in Reno as well. The convention allows them to make contacts and expand their business.