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The Geothermal Resources Council

As of 31st December, 2017 the membership of the GRC stands at 1,176 from 44 different countries.

The GRC is a tax-exempt, non-profit, educational association 501(c)(3). Formed in 1972, the GRC was incorporated in the state of Washington in 1972 and in California in 1981. The GRC actively seeks to expand its role as a primary professional educational association for the international geothermal community. The GRC serves as a focal point for continuing professional development for its members through its outreach, information transfer and education services.

The GRC will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2022.

GRC Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan (PDF)

The 2019 GRC Strategic Plan has been assembled through a comprehensive assessment of planning documents drafted by the organization since 2016.

The 2019 plan updates and replaces the previous Strategic Plan published in October 2016 and has been authorized by a Motion of the Board of Directors at the February 10, 2019, meeting, Stanford University, California, USA.

The plan provides a framework by which the staff of the GRC will execute operations, provides guidance on how the GRC will be managed, and provides a vision for the future direction of the organization.

Our Strategic Plan is a living document and will be reviewed and updated at the end of 2019. Any of our members can provide input to the direction of the organization by contacting a Board Member, the Executive Director, or a member of Staff.

We also welcome and appreciate all offers of help from volunteers. Our volunteers are the backbone of our organization and enable the GRC and our geothermal community to be a success. Please contact us.

Elements of the Strategic Plan

  • Vision = What we want for the world.
  • Mission = How we will achieve our vision.
  • Goals = Our general long-term aspirations for the organization.
  • Core Values = Principles for decision-making.
  • Objectives = How we will achieve our goals in the given time frame.
  • Tasks = Measurable actions to accomplish our objectives


An open exchange of information to raise the recognition and acceptance of geothermal energy across society to meet the world's energy demand in a manner that is environmentally responsible.


Be a prestigious, dynamic, and diverse professional association that advances the global geothermal industry and educates through transfer of robust research, knowledge and guidance.


  1. Increase the importance of geothermal resources in helping meet global energy demands.
  2. Serve as a source and venue for geothermal knowledge exchange.
  3. Build a strong membership.
  4. Be fiscally responsible.
  5. Produce professional quality products and services.

Core Values

  • Financially fit and sustainable
  • Member focused
  • High professional and technical quality
  • Faithful to Scientific Principals
  • Serve as a Public Forum
  • Collaborative and Cooperative


  1. Enhance Community Networking and Education– bring people together in our community, provide materials and venues for education and debate, and define our key global messages that enable growth of the geothermal industry;
  2. Enhance Public Awareness and Education– improve public relations for the geothermal energy community by developing and executing a marketing and communications plan;
  3. Introduce Policy and Regulatory Improvements– work with government and regulatory agencies to incentivize demand and adoption of geothermal energy;
  4. Balance the Budget – to operate with a budget surplus by providing self-supporting activities;
  5. Ensure Internal Processes– improve professional quality and enhance coordination and communication within the GRC


GRC Membership                          

GRC membership is open to any person, organization, agency or company. Membership advantages include discounted access to GRC functions, specifically its Annual Meeting and educational workshop; a subscription to the GRC Bulletin; listing in the GRC Membership Roster and Registry of Geothermal Services & Equipment; free access to premium content in the online GRC Geothermal Library; companion membership in the International Geothermal Association; a special discount for subscription to the research journal Geothermics (call for details); and the opportunity to stand for election to the GRC Board of Directors.

Membership opportunities include:

  • Individual: Regular, Student and Benefactor. Students with an interest in geothermal resources and development are encouraged to join the GRC.
  • Corporate: Company/Institutional, Supporting, Sustaining and Patron. GRC Corporate Members include major developers of geothermal energy in the United States and around the world. Corporate membership provides certain discounts to all of your employees, and special advertising opportunities.
  • Retired: Over 65 years of age and retired. Retired GRC Members include many geothermal industry pioneers.

Governance and Funding            

Photos of GRC Board of Directors

The GRC Board of Directors consists of 28 elected members, plus the President, Past President and the President Elect.. To provide continuity, half of the Board is elected every year. The President, Past President, and President Elect also serve as ex officio members of the Board. All GRC members are eligible for election to the Board of Directors.

GRC operating funds are derived from its Annual Meeting; corporate contributions; government grants and contracts; workshops; membership dues and contributions; and publication sales and advertising.

GRC Bylaws

GRC Bylaws (PDF)

GRC BOD Committees

GRC Board of Director’s Committee Descriptions and Appointments (PDF)

If you are a GRC Member and would like to participate on a GRC Committee please contact the office at grc@geothermal.org.

GRC Foundation

The GRC Board of Directors created the Geothermal Resources Council Foundation in 1986. Contributions to the Foundation help ensure future geothermal development through GRC education and information transfer efforts.

The Foundation consists of three specific funds augmented by tax-deductible contributions and interest on principal:

  • Education Fund: Provides scholarships, speaker travel expenses and miscellaneous costs associated with educational activities.
  • Pioneer Fund: Provides financing (if needed) for GRC operations and capital expenses.
  • Publication Fund: Provides loans for production costs of selected GRC publications.

Education Program                          

The GRC develops educational functions on a variety of topics that are critical to geothermal development. The GRC convenes special meetings, workshops, and conferences on a broad range of topics pertaining to geothermal exploration, development and utilization. On a contract basis, the GRC can provide comprehensive professional meeting services to fulfill industry and agency needs.

Past workshops have covered topics such as business management, direct (low-temperature) uses, drilling, environmental aspects, financing, geochemistry, geology, geophysics, heat pumps, power plants design and operation, and reservoir engineering. In addition, the GRC periodically schedules a basic, introductory course about geothermal resources and development.

Annual Meetings                              

GRC Annual Meetings are the most important yearly event in the geothermal world, providing an international forum where members, participants and guests learn about the latest advances in geothermal technologies through technical and poster sessions. The companion (U.S.) Geothermal Energy Association  (GEA) Trade Show offers the opportunity to learn about the latest in geothermal equipment and services while forming important business contacts.

A number of optional events during GRC Annual Meetings provide meaningful and enjoyable social interaction that promotes friendships and collaboration within the international geothermal community. These events include field trips, workshops, banquets, a geothermal photo contest, and the charity golf tournament. A convenient, searchable CD of the Transactions offers most technical papers presented at GRC Annual Meetings, which are convened at various locations in the western United States.


The GRC publishes a bimonthly online GRC Bulletin (6 issues per year), which features articles on technical topics and geothermal development issues, as well as commentaries and news briefs. The Bulletin is provided to GRC members for free and is available to non-members by subscription. In addition, the GRC publishes an online Registry of Geothermal Services & Equipment, a unique web site that provides business, consulting and research contacts throughout the international geothermal community.

The GRC encourages its members and the geothermal industry to advertise in the Bulletin and the Membership Roster and Registry of Geothermal Services & Equipment. Advertisements in both publications reach not only our members, but representatives of the worldwide geothermal industry, government agencies and research institutions.

With financial assistance from private and/or government institutions, the GRC has published a number of Special Reports about various aspects of geothermal resources and development. As noted above, the GRC Transactions contain most technical papers presented at GRC Annual Meetings.

GRC Library                                        

The GRC maintains the most comprehensive geothermal technical library in the world at its offices in Davis, California, and on its library website at www.geothermal-library.org. The online GRC Geothermal Library contains over 40,000 records on all aspects of geothermal energy, including exploration, reservoir engineering, power plant design and operation, direct use, geothermal heat pumps, regulatory issues, energy policy, energy markets, news briefs, and more.

The database provides article-level citations to: all GRC Transactions (1977 to present), all GRC Special Reports, numerous feature articles and news briefs from the GRC Bulletin (1973 to present), corporate and academic technical reports, journals, and books. New listings are added to the database on a regular basis.

All users can access over 19,000 articles for free as downloadable PDF files from a number of publications, including most of the GRC Transactions, Special Reports and Bulletins. GRC members also have free access to certain premium content, such as the most recent GRC Transactions.

Social Media

The GRC provides several opportunities for members to utilize social media. Members can follow the GRC, discover new resources, and connect with each other via our accounts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr, and YouTube. Click on the buttons below.........

The GRC also maintains a blog of Global Geothermal News at www.geothermalresourcescouncil.blogspot.com.

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