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This years Ontario Geothermal Association (OGA) conference was described by many as ‘one of the best ever,’ which may have come as a surprise to anyone still lamenting the cancellation of GreenOn geothermal incentives. However, participant numbers were up, the exhibitor section was sold out, and there was plenty of positive news at the event, delivered by a fine roster of expert speakers.

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The two-day event began with a gala banquet on April 3, celebrating the organization’s 10th birthday. New OGA President, Stan Reitsma marked the occasion by reviewing the history of how a number of individuals created the fledgling organization in 2009. He honoured one of them, founding President, Brian Beatty, with the first-ever Groundbreaker Award. Reitsma also reported that numerous research organizations are projecting strong growth in the geothermal industry for the next five years at minimum.

The evening’s keynote address was made by Geoff Cape, CEO of Evergreen, who described the low carbon world of the future, the key role that modern cities will play and the exciting dramatic increase in opportunities for geothermal expected, beginning immediately.

The optimistic tone continued on day two, April 4, as a dozen speakers and panellists confirmed the high level of activity in the industry, described new government initiatives in Canada and the USA, new technical solutions, case studies and training opportunities.

A more complete report on these presentations can be found on the OGA site by clicking here.