May 29


Case Study: Surprise Valley


Thursday, May 29th, 2014 1:30 – 4:30 PM

California Energy Commission 1516 9th St, Hearing Room A

The State of California is encouraging development of electrical generation capacity that could be employed at the community scale (also known as distributed generation). Assessing the magnitude and characteristics of geothermal resources that could be used for such applications is a challenge for many smaller communities since they often lack the technical resource base to conduct such work. The UC Davis-based California Geothermal Energy Collaborative and Geology Department are conducting a pilot study in Surprise Valley, located in Modoc County, to establish an example of how such work might be done by communities at minimal cost using available expertise.  Modoc County has been of interest as a geothermal resource area for some time – its rural setting and remoteness from major transmission infrastructure make it an ideal location from which to develop a model for undertaking studies related to distributed generation applications.

UC Davis staff, students and faculty will present the work that is currently underway, and describe how it builds on previous work performed by the U.S. Geological Survey, NASA, Stanford University, and others who have conducted research in the area over the past decade. The purpose of this meeting is to provide information useful to the local community affected by the work, as well as inform outside interested parties interested in distributed generation and geothermal energy.

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Tentative Agenda

1:30 – 1:35 Welcome and Introduction Michael Sokol, California Energy Commission
1:35 – 1:45 Opening Remarks William Glassley, Executive Director, California Geothermal Energy Collaborative
1:45 – 2:00 Introduction: Geothermal 101 and Abundance in California  Elise Brown, Associate Director, California Geothermal Energy Collaborative
2:00 – 2:10 Introduction to the Surprise Valley Research Project William Glassley, Executive Director, California Geothermal Energy Collaborative
2:10 – 2:40 Work to Date: Geophysical Surveys Samuel Hawkes, UC Davis
2:40 – 3:10 Work to Date: Geochemistry Andrew Fowler & Carolyn Cantwell, UC Davis
3:10 – 3:20 BREAK 10 minutes
3:20 – 3:35 The User Experience Curt Rose, Surprise Valley
3:35 – 4:00 Barriers and Opportunities in Geothermal Development William Glassley
4:00 – 4:20 Question and Answer Session Elise Brown
4:20 – 4:30 Closing remarks
4:30 Adjourn