GDA Links

Associations, Policy Centers, & Educational Organizations was created to help the geothermal entrepreneur – companies, small businesses, Native American tribes, homeowners, and individuals – develop geothermal direct use and small power generation projects.

Geothermal Education Office
A nonprofit organization, incorporated in California, that produces educational materials and promotes geothermal power as a clean source of energy.

Geothermal Energy Association
A trade association of U.S. companies.

Geothermal Exchange Organization
The Geothermal Exchange Organizations is touted as “the voice of the geothermal heat pump industry”. As a non-profit trade association, they promote the manufacture, design and installation of GeoExchange® systems—energy efficient and environmentally friendly heating and cooling.

Geothermal Resources Council
A geothermal educational association with members in over 20 countries.

International Geothermal Association (IGA)
Acts as a consultant to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, but remains an independent organization with members in 65 countries. Founded in 1988.

International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA)
An educational group whose mission is to promote ground source heat pump technology worldwide.

New Zealand Geothermal Association
An affiliate of the IGA that focuses on geothermal development in New Zealand.

Center for Renewable Energy & Sustainable Technology (CREST)
Helps businesses to develop and adopt renewable energy and sustainable technologies.

University Associated

Energy & Geoscience Institute
Based at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Focused on geothermal resource development.

Geo-Heat Center (GHC)
Based at the Oregon Institute of Technology. Provides technical information on the use of geothermal energy for direct heating.

Geothermal Institute
A program operated by the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy at the University of Nevada, Reno

Southern Methodist University Geothermal Laboratory

Stanford Geothermal Program
Student teams complete projects related to reservoir engineering techniques.

Government & State Programs

California Department of Conservation – Division of Oil, Gas, & Geothermal Resources
Oversees geothermal resource development in California.

California Energy Commission – Geothermal Program
Created to promote geothermal energy development in California.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Geothermal program; Access reports and publications on geothermal energy by Gerald Nix, Charles Kutscher, Barbara Farhar, Keith Gawlik, Brandon Owens, Walter Short.

Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, Geothermal Energy

Sandia National Laboratories – Geothermal Research
Research focused on improving drilling technologies and reducing the cost of geothermal resource development.

U.S. Department of Energy – Geothermal Technologies Program
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) geothermal program. Works with industry to make geothermal power economical; GeoPowering the West initiative.

Other Links

Energy Information Administration
A statistical agency of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA’s site on global warming.

Nevada Commission on Mineral Resources, Division of Minerals

Nevada Public Utilities Commission

U.S. Geological Survey
Maintains databases on natural hazards, resources, and the environment. Assesses natural hazards to reduce loss of life and property.