The Geothermal Energy Association has announced its winners for the 2014 GEA honors. The honors recognize companies, projects, and individuals who are exemplars and leaders in the geothermal industry.
There awards were selected in three categories: Environmental Stewardship, Technological Advancement, and Economic Development. There are also special recognitions for outstanding achievement within the industry.
In the Environmental Stewardship category, the award went to the Salton Sea Restoration & Renewable Energy Initiative. The initiative is a partnership between California’s Imperial Irrigation District and Imperial County and will focus on developing 1,700 MW of new geothermal at the Salton Sea, which is enough to power more than 1,000,000 homes.
In the Technological Advancement category, there were three companies receiving awards: Baker Hughes, Power Engineers, and Ormat Technologies. Baker Hughes is known for their PYRO-DRILL technology, which makes well drilling much more efficient. Power Engineers has a global portfolio, tackling projects from Turkey to Iceland. Ormat Technologies’ Geothermal Combined Cycle Units (GCCU) is highly efficient and requires less maintenance.
In the Economic Development Category, U.S.-based Dewhurst Group was recognized for its significant contributions to the development of geothermal on a local, regional, and national scale.
Those receiving special recognition this year are Mono County Board of Supervisors, AltaRock nergy Inc., The National Geothermal Data System (NGDS), Bill Price at Enel Green Power North America, Dita Bronicki at Ormat Technologies, President of the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors James C. Hanks, and Greg Mines, Hillary Hanson, and Rachel Wood at the Idaho National Laboratory.
The awards will be presented at the fourth-annual National Geothermal Summit in Reno, Nevada, August 5 and 6.
“Geothermal power is a clean, affordable renewable energy resource, but for the industry to achieve its potential, state and federal policies must line up with industry needs,” GEA Executive Director Karl Gawell said. “By stimulating dialogue on critical issues, the Summit hopes to make a difference in the industry’s future.”