Monday, January 7, 2019

USA, California: Meeting of the Geothermal Resources Council Southern California Section on January 15

SoCal GRC Section Meeting

3:30pm, 15 January 2019, Strike Zone IV,
950 N Imperial Ave, El Centro, CA 92243

  1. Welcome & Introductions
    a. The year of action!
  2. 2018 Hawaiian Volcanic Eruption & Geothermal
    Lava Overruns the Puna Geothermal Venture
    Presented by Charlene Wardlow, Geothermal Program Manager and District Deputy for the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources. Ms. Wardlow participated in the joint task force and was onsite while lava overran a portion of the wellfield and facility.
  3. GRC Policy Committee presentation
    The GRC Policy Committee advocates for public policies that will promote the development and utilization of geothermal resources and provides a forum for the industry to discuss issues and problems.
    a. Presenters - Will Pettitt, Executive Director of the GRC & Jonathan Weisgall, VP of Government Relations for BHE
    b. Committee’s function and vision
    c. 2019 strategy and goals
    d. Discussion of support and collaboration
    e. California Chamber of Commerce Advocate membership ($15-25k)

    2018 Committee Focus
    Federal Issues: Federal Tax Incentive Extenders Resist 70% Federal EERE Budget Cut from Existing $2.2B, Maintain Federal Geothermal Payments to Counties
    – California Issues: Track Evolving California Market and Potential Geothermal Opportunities, Participate in CPUC Diablo Canyon Hearing, Participate in CPUC Integrated Resource Plan
    – General Industry Issues: Public/Private Geothermal Discovery Risk Reduction, Non-Conventional Geothermal
  4. Lithium Extraction Research in Geothermal
    a. Jonathan Weisgall presenting
  5. 2019 GRC Annual Meeting in Palm Springs (September 15-18, 2019)
    a. Status Update
    b. Field Trips
  6. Public Outreach Committee
    a. Request for volunteers to create the committee
    b. Tom Baker and Armando to lead description of outreach committee ideas
  7. Call for Project Updates
    a. Open Forum
  8. Meeting Conclusion and Public Outreach Committee Breakout Session