2011 CGEC Forum & Field Trip

The CGEC held it annual California Geothermal Forum at Mammoth Mountain Inn on May 26 & 27, 2011 to explore in detail issues related to geothermal power generation. As part of the Long Valley caldera location, CGEC used this natural setting as backdrop and laboratory for discussions and presentations regarding the technical and research needs involving transmission, exploration, resource assessments, environmental issues, water use and regulations. Below you will find links to the agenda and presentations that were given at this Forum as well as the Field Trip Guide, should you want to do a self-guided tour.

Forum Agenda


William Glassley, California Geothermal Energy Collaborative

Key Note:

Karl Gawell, Geothermal Energy Association

The Water Challenge:

John Farison, Calpine Corporation

Andy Horne, Imperial Valley

The Transmission Challenge:

John McCaull, Geothermal Energy Association

Brian Whalen, Nevada Energy

Ellen Allman, Terra-Gen Power (oral presentation)

The Permitting Challenge:

James Haerter, Bureau of Land Management (oral presentation)

Elizabeth Johnson, California Department of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources

Judy Fischette (sub for Paula Blaydes, oral presentation)

Afternoon Keynote, Current Issues in the California Renewable Energy Landscape – The Local Perspective:

Duane “Hap” Hazard, Mono County Commissioner, District 2

Assessing the Resources:

Gene Suemnicht, EGS Inc.

Dr. Robert Zierenberg, Scott Bennett, Maia Kostlan, Andrew Fowler, Maya Wildgoose, UC Davis Dept. of Geology

Lessons Learned and How They Relate to California Geothermal Resources

Tania Treis, RMT Inc.

Charlene Wardlow, Ormat Inc.

Hector Caldera, Britannia Pacific Properties Inc.

Roundtable Discusion: How do we move forward in California?

Moderators: Karl Gawell, Geothermal Energy Association & Elaine Sison-Lebrilla, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Long Valley Caldera Field Trip. May 27, 2011

Final Trip Guide

Field Trip Stop

California Geothermal Education Workshop

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.

Workshop Agenda

Session I: An Introduction to Geothermal Energy

William Glassley, California Geothermal Energy Collaborative

Paul Brophy, EGS Inc.

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

Gerald Braun, California Renewable Energy Collaborative