Geothermal energy is one of California’s most significant renewable energy resources. It can heat and cool homes, generate electricity, provide temperature control for greenhouses and wineries, and more, all with little or no greenhouse gas emissions. And, it functions 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And yet, it remains relatively unknown among California’s public.
On April 7, 2011, The California Geothermal Energy Collaborative held a Geothermal Education and Outreach Workshop at the UC Davis Alumni Center, to introduce the basic principals and features of geothermal energy in the state. The purpose of the meeting provided an opportunity for attendees to learn about the benefits of geothermal energy for energy efficiency, climate change and development of a net zero community.
Session I: An Introduction to Geothermal Energy
William Glassley, California Geothermal Energy Collaborative
Session II: Heating, Cooling, Distributed Generation and Direct Use
Lisa Meline, Meline Engineering
Greg Schillianskey, All Year Heating and A/C
Masami Nakagawa, Colorado School of Mines
Toni Boyd, Oregon Institute of Technology
Session III: Environmental Issues
Laurie Hietter and Taina Treis, RMT Inc.
Dale Roberts, Sonoma County Water Agency
Dale Merrick, Merrick Consulting
Session IV: The Regulatory Landscape
Sandra Fromm, California Energy Commission