The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) and the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) today said that they will combine their organizations.
The combined organization will focus on advancing the science, education, and development of renewable geothermal energy resources, the groups said.
The activities of the GEA will be transitioned into the GRC this year.
The groups said that part of the transition includes creation of a special committee, to be called the GRC Policy Committee. The committee will focus on educating and lobbying leaders at state and federal levels to expand their knowledge about the geothermal industry.
The committee will also assist the geothermal community in its awareness of opportunities to expand renewable energy projects, building a stronger platform for the entire U.S. energy grid.
"Together, the now unified GRC and GEA can advance the geothermal community in more ways to connect with the larger energy industry and create a clean environment for future generations to enjoy," Maria Richards, President of the GRC Board of Directors, said in a statement.
Doug Glaspey, President of the Board of Directors for the GEA added: “The members of GEA look forward to working within a single organization to advocate for and advance sound geothermal law and policy that will expand our industry. The unification of our two organizations will allow us to pursue this mission in the most efficient manner possible."
The GRC will continue as a nonprofit, serving as the professional educational association for the international geothermal community, as a focal point for continuing professional development through outreach, information transfer and education services.
The combined organization will operate under the name Geothermal Resources Council, but a name change will be considered in the future, the groups said.
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