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Media Announcement – Minister Simon Bridges confirmed as keynote speaker

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Media Announcement – Minister Simon Bridges confirmed as keynote speaker

New Zealand's Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the congress and will deliver the opening address.  New Zealand has a long and successful history in the development of geothermal resources, with the first plant established still providing a reliable electricity source over 50 years later. About 80 percent of New Zealand's electricity is generated from renewable sources and the Government has a target for 90 percent renewable electricity generation by 2025. Geothermal generation has more than doubled over the past decade and now ranks ahead of all non-renewable energy sources.  This coincides with an exciting resurgence in the industry, most recently with the opening of the Te Mihi power station that has a 166 MW generating capacity, enough to power over 160,000 Kiwi homes. The industry's years of experience and recent expansion has resulted in world-class geothermal expertise.  New Zealand has a strong legacy of environmentally responsible geothermal development and its indigenous community has been actively involved in developing this resource.


President of IGA Welcome Message

On behalf of the approximately 5000 members of the International Geothermal Association, representing 33 national and international geothermal associations and members in 67 countries, I welcome you to the World Geothermal Congress 2015 in Melbourne.

Held every five years, the World Geothermal Congress is a unique event that brings together members of the geothermal community from across the globe. Five days of technical sessions will include papers on scientific, technical, business and societal topics (more than 1000 papers in 2010). The Congress will also provide many networking opportunities through special interest group meetings, social and cultural events, field trips and short courses in Australia and New Zealand. Speaking as a New Zealander from Wairakei, I can assure you that we look forward to welcoming you to our world.

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Juliet Newson
President IGA


Chairman of WGC2015 Organising Committee Welcome Message

The Organising Committee has great pleasure in inviting you to Melbourne, Australia to attend the 2015 World Geothermal Congress.

With a theme of "Views from Down Under – Geothermal in Perspective", our Congress offers a splendid opportunity for delegates to share ideas and knowledge covering geothermal development worldwide. The Congress and short courses programme will cover topics relevant both to direct use and electricity generation. The Congress will give insights into both "traditional" geothermal developments from around the world as well as new "pioneering" techniques. We also look forward to the country, regional and project updates for geothermal developments internationally. Exquisite field trips in New Zealand and Australia will be a key part of the Congress.

Please join us for an informative and exciting program of presentations, social events and tours. We look forward to seeing you in Melbourne, 19 – 24 April 2015.

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Barry Goldstein

WGC2015 Organising Committee

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