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Susan Petty

AltaRock Energy
CTO, President and Founder

Susan Petty is the CTO, president and founder of AltaRock Energy, Inc.  She has over 34 years of experience in the geothermal industry in electrical and direct use project economics, optimizing of power plants to meet resource conditions, reservoir evaluation, reservoir modeling, well, plant and wellfield performance data analysis, well testing and test data analysis.  She has also assisted in negotiation of geothermal lease agreements, power sales agreements, geothermal project financing agreements and geothermal property sales and purchases, and policy studies for state and federal agencies.  Ms. Petty has done work on geothermal electrical generation projects in Nevada at Steamboat, Dixie Valley, Rye Patch, Soda Lake, Fallon, Desert Peak, Brady Hot springs and direct use projects at Brady, Elko and Moana.  In California she has worked on the Coso, Salton Sea, East Mesa, Heber, Brawley, Wendell-Amedee, Mt. Lassen and Medicine Lake resources.  She has worked on geothermal projects overseas in Indonesia, the Philippines and Central America.  For a number of years, Ms. Petty assisted the Department of Energy in performing policy studies for geothermal energy research including economic modeling of geothermal pricing and the impact of technology improvement on the cost of geothermal power.  She has been instrumental in developing information, planning and designing software for use in developing public policy in geothermal energy. 

Ms. Petty founded AltaRock Energy in 2007, following participation in the MIT study of "The Future of Geothermal Energy".   AltaRock is focused on development and commercialization of innovative technology to improve geothermal economics and mitigate risk. Prior to founding AltaRock, Ms. Petty was the senior partner in Black Mountain Technology, a consulting firm specializing in providing expert assistance to the geothermal business particularly in reservoir economics and stimulation.

Ms. Petty holds a BA from Princeton University in Geology and an MS in Groundwater Hydrology from the University of Hawaii.

My Speakers Sessions

Wednesday, November 20

1:15pm CST