U.S. Senator Harry Reid to Unveil New Wind and Geothermal Resource Maps at Western States Renewable Energy Summit



 NEWS CONFERENCE: Wednesday, October 8, 10:00 a.m. PT 

 WHO:      U.S. Senator Harry Reid will unveil two sets of new
           renewable energy resource maps at the Western States
           Renewable Energy Summit.  Participants from 19 states are
           attending the summit, with an expected total attendance of
           225.  Representatives of the wind, solar, geothermal and
           biomass industries, along with elected officials, policy
           makers, business leaders, utility representatives, the Air
           Force, Navy and Department of Defense among many others
           will be attending the event.

 WHAT:     Senator Reid will unveil a series of maps: Nevada's new
           meso-scale wind resource map (a higher resolution than
           previously available).  The map is a joint product of the
           National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Nevada State
           Office of Energy and shows, in detail, where the wind
           resources exist in the state for possible economic
           development.  The Senator will also unveil the new
           geothermal resource maps that show low- to moderate- and
           high-temperature geothermal energy resource locations in 13
           western states, including Nevada. These maps reveal a world
           of geothermal development opportunities that literally
           exist just beneath our feet.  Public and private investors
           and others will find the maps to be excellent development

           The objective of the Western States Renewable Energy Summit
           is to convene western state policy makers and leaders,
           industry representatives, developers / owners of projects,
           utilities, tribal leaders, regulators and advocates in a
           forum to determine how the western states may become a more
           positive force through aggregation and organization in the
           development of energy policy at both the regional and
           national levels. 

           A non-technical poster session highlighting the University
           and Community College System of Nevada and National
           Renewable Energy Laboratory collaborative partnerships in
           Nevada will be held to demonstrate new works and studies.

 WHERE:    The Atlantis Casino Resort, 3800 South Virginia Street,
           Reno, Nevada

 WHEN:     Wednesday, October 8, 2003, 10:00 to 10:15 a.m. PT

 WHY:      Nevada, and the western states in general, are home to vast
           quantities of renewable resources, which could be used to
           generate energy and economic opportunity for urban and
           rural areas alike.  The summit is an opportunity for media 
           to interview top policy makers and experts from across the
           country -- and across disciplines -- and get the latest on
           renewables.  More info at www.renewableenergysummit.com.