SALEM — Oregon Department of Energy and Geothermal Resources Council will host its annual Oregon Geothermal Working Group meeting in Bend, Oregon, August 2-3. The group will discuss “Geothermal Power in 2012” on August 2, at the Environmental Center 16 NW Kansas from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., followed by an optional field tour of the Newberry Volcano site on August 3.
Geothermal energy is a unique baseload renewable resource that is limited to few western U.S. states with significant potential for electricity generation in Oregon. This renewable energy, which comes from heat in the earth, can produce energy around the clock while yielding a small environmental footprint and little or no greenhouse gases.
The work group agenda for August 2, includes:
• Utility Updates
• Utility Interconnection
• Regional Renewable Perspectives
• Agency and Legislative Updates
• OSU Research Update
• OSU Geology and Geophysics
For a meeting agenda, please visit ODOE online at: http://www.oregon.gov/energy/RENEW/Geothermal/Pages/OGWG-Meetings.aspx
Anyone interested in attending the OGWG meeting can do so in person or call-in at: 1-888-232-3870 (enter participation code 872206).
Persons with a disability and who need accommodation to participate, please contact Linda Ross at 503-378-6874 or via fax at 503-934-4006. TTY users should call the Oregon Relay Service at 711.
About the Oregon Geothermal Working Group: OGWG promotes the use of Oregon's geothermal resources for power generation and direct use. Oregon Department of Energy leads the OGWG. The OGWG was formed in November 2004 and includes representatives of utilities, government agencies, environmental groups, farming and rural interests, and geothermal industry developers.
About the Oregon Department of Energy: The Oregon Department of Energy provides tax credits, grants, loans, technical assistance and energy information for homes, businesses, manufacturing, farms, ranches, schools and governments.