Climate change hearing; Army MATOC awards; Last week to submit for GEA’s “Best in Geothermal”

The House is planning a major hearing on climate change for Sept. 18. A second category of the Army’s Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) for renewable energy projects has been awarded. The deadline looms for GEA’s “Best in Geothermal” submissions.

House GOP Plans Hearing on Climate Change
Army’s MATOC Awards for Geothermal and Solar Have Been Dispersed
One Week Left to Submit Entries for GEA’s “Best in Geothermal”

House GOP Plans Hearing on Climate Change
A major hearing on climate change is being planned for the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Sept. 18. Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield, R-Ky. will preside over the hearing, entitled “The Obama Administration’s Climate Change Policies and Activities.” Leaders of 13 federal agencies are invited to testify. Each agency is expected to respond to questions about its time, money, and resources that are devoted to climate-change policies. Invited agencies are: the Environmental Protection Agency; the departments of Agriculture, Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, Interior, State, and Transportation; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the Commerce Department; NASA; the U.S. Agency for International Development; the Export-Import Bank; and the White House Office of Science and Technology.

Energy and Commerce ranking member Henry Waxman, D-Calif., told press: “We absolutely should hear from Administration witnesses about the threat of climate change” (Nationaljournal.com). The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a full committee hearing July 18 on climate change science titled “Climate Change: It’s Happening Now.” Geoenergist.wordpress.com; Letter from Whitfield to EPA’s Gina McCarthy (PDF).

Army’s MATOC Awards for Geothermal and Solar Have Been Dispersed
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center and the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF) together have awarded a second category of Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) awards for renewable energy projects. The group dispersed its MATOC awards for geothermal projects back in May, and has now awarded a second category of renewables — solar. Wind and biomass are the two other technologies expected to be awarded, but those remain to be announced.

The 22 companies awarded Army contracts for solar projects are: Acciona Energy North America Corporation, Chicago, Ill.; Apex Wind Energy Holdings, LLC, Charlottesville, Va.; Borrego Solar, San Diego, Calif.; Cobra Industrial Services, Inc., Houston, Texas; Dominion Energy, Inc.; Richmond, Va.; Element Power US, LLC, Portland, Ore., Emerald Infrastructure, San Antonio, Texas; Enel Green Power North America, Andover, Mass.; Energy Matters, LLC, Arlington, Va.; Gehrlicher Solar America Corporation, Springfield, N.J.; Johnson Controls Government Systems, Milwaukee, Wis.; Lend Lease, Nashville, Tenn.; LTC Federal, LLC, Detroit, Mich.; New Generation Power, Chicago, Ill.; NRG Energy, Inc., Princeton, N.J.; Photon Finance, LLC – SunPower, Mountain View, Calif.; Siemens Government Technologies, Inc., Arlington, Va.; Silverado Power LLC, San Francisco, Calif.; Solar Power Ventures, Arlington, Va.; Standard Solar, Inc., Rockville, Md.; Sunpower Corporation, Richmond, Calif.; Washington Gas Energy Systems, Inc., McLean, Va.

The five companies that were awarded contracts for geothermal technology in May were: Constellation NewEnergy, Inc., Baltimore, Md.; ECC Renewables, LLC, Burlingame, Calif.; Enel Green Power North America, Inc., Andover, Mass.; LTC Federal, LLC, Detroit, Mich.; and Siemens Government Technologies, Inc., Arlington, Va. Armyeitf.com; Geo-energy.org (PDF); Sacbee.com

One Week Left to Submit Entries for GEA’s “Best in Geothermal”
“After two successful years of honoring the best in the business, we are pleased to have the opportunity to again recognize the inspiring innovators and developers in the geothermal industry over the past year,” said Geothermal Energy Association Executive Director Karl Gawell. “Honorees will exemplify the great accomplishments and potential for the geothermal energy industry in the United States.”

Nominations are currently being accepted for the awards program. An application may be submitted for more than one award category. This year, awards will be given to GEA member companies in the following categories:

•Technological Advancement: Awarded to an individual or company that has developed a new, innovative or pioneering technology to further geothermal development.
•Environmental Stewardship: Awarded to an individual or company that has fostered outstanding environmental stewardship through the use of geothermal systems. This award will be presented in conjunction with the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI).
•Economic Development: Awarded to an individual or company that has made a substantial contribution to the development of local, regional or national markets through the development of geothermal systems.

Special Recognition: Nominations will also be accepted for special recognition of individuals and companies for outstanding achievement in the geothermal industry. These awards are open to GEA members, as well as non-member companies and individuals.

The GEA Honors program deadline for nominations is Friday, September 6. For more information or to submit a nomination, please visit Geo-energy.org.

At last year’s National Geothermal Summit in Sacramento, award winners included Enel Green Power North America (Technological Advancement) for its development of the first ever solar-geothermal hybrid power plant; Ram Power/Polaris Energia (Economic Development) for adding 10% of clean, sustainable, reliable and indigenous power to Nicaragua’s current power portfolio; and Ormat Technologies, Inc. (Environmental Stewardship) for preserving the overall environmental integrity and the habitat of the sage grouse, a native bird to the Nevada area two geothermal plants were erected on.

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