For Immediate Release: August 9, 2011
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Washington, DC – The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) announced the nominees for the Environmental Stewardship Award, one of the inaugural GEA Honors to recognize individuals and companies that have made significant contributions to the sustainable development of the geothermal industry.
“Geothermal energy can help our environment immensely by replacing dirty fossil fuels,” said Carol Werner, executive director of EESI. “Industry leaders who are making their operations more efficient, protecting our natural resources, and educating the community on conservation and clean energy deserve national recognition.”
The Environmental Stewardship Award recognizes innovative achievements in emissions reductions and protection of air, water, and land resources. Other criteria include industry leadership, community engagement and education, and job creation. The nominees are:
- EnergySource LLC
- NV Energy
- Northern California Power Agency (NCPA)
“It’s our duty as an association to highlight the efforts of companies and individuals that are advancing geothermal energy by leading the innovation, development and promotion of the industry through community engagement, education, and job creation,” said GEA’s Kathy Kent. “We look forward to honoring all of these nominees at our awards dinner at the GEA National Geothermal Summit.”
The geothermal industry, which harnesses heat from the earth to produce electricity or to heat and cool buildings, has experienced remarkable growth in recent years. In 2009, total installed capacity of geothermal power reached over 3,000 megawatts (MW), with 7,000 MW more in development.
GEA also will present awards for technological advancement and economic development. Winners will be named at an awards dinner on August 16 in Reno, Nevada in conjunction with the first ever GEA National Geothermal Summit .
The Environmental and Energy Study Institute is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that advances innovative policy solutions that set us on a cleaner, more secure and sustainable energy path.
The Geothermal Energy Association is a trade association composed of U.S. companies who support the expanded use of geothermal energy and are developing geothermal resources worldwide for electrical power generation and direct-heat uses.