SPE Live: Geothermal and Petroleum Engineering: Where Subsurface Engineering Meet

This SPE Live will delve into the background of the geothermal and oil & gas industries, how skills transfer between the two and how collaboration can reshape the future of both industries. Topics discussed include:

1. Brief history and description of oil and gas and geothermal industries (similarities/differences).

2. What is different now in the two industries (energy transition, unconventional/industry cost learnings, new EGS/AGS/Closed-loop approaches) and what can they learn from one another? 

3. What can collaboration between the two industries bring to change the game for geothermal growth (technologies, ways of working)? 

4. Geothermal jobs (similarities/differences between oil and gas) and how interested persons can learn more, or make the leap themselves. 

5. Where to go to get more information. 

This SPE Live is categorized under the Drilling and Health, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability technical disciplines.

Rebecca Schulz (Moderator)


International Energy Agency

Rebecca Schulz is a long-time veteran of the oil and gas industry having started as a petrophysicist in onshore south Texas and later led upstream development projects for Shell in the US, Europe, Asia and more recently leading most of Shell’s operated development in the Permian basin, Texas. Rebecca transitioned to the International Energy Agency on secondment supporting fuel supply, investment and geothermal for the World Energy Outlook team. Rebecca is the co-chair of the SPE Geothermal Working Group, Vice-Chair of Gaia/Sustainable Development Technical Section and a member of the 2021-23 HSES Program Committee for ATCE. Rebecca is passionate to see how the petroleum industry can use the skills and innovation of its people to lead clean energy innovation and deployment. 

Jamie Beard

Executive Director

Geothermal Entrepreneurship Organization

Jamie serves as the Executive Director of the Geothermal Entrepreneurship Organization (GEO) at the University of Texas at Austin, an organization she founded in 2019. She also organizes and curates the PIVOT – From Hydrocarbons to Heat conference series, a gathering dedicated to engaging the oil and gas industry in challenges associated with exploring and drilling for geothermal energy. An energy, regulatory and environmental attorney by training, Jamie is a passionate advocate for geothermal energy as the baseload capable clean energy of the future. Jamie's work in geothermal has been featured by media outlets such as NPR, WSJ, CNBC, Vox and Rolling Stone. She delivered a TED talk on the subject of geothermal and the oil and gas industry in August, 2021.

Dr. Marit Brommer

Executive Director

International Geothermal Association

Marit Brommer is the Executive Director of the International Geothermal Association (IGA). She took seat in April 2017 coming from the Oil and Gas sector with a decade of experience in technology deployment and geoscience portfolio management. Marit is a passionate geologist with a Masters from the Free University in Amsterdam and a PhD from TU Delft. She is dedicated to transition the IGA into a professional body renowned for its geothermal expertise, networking opportunities and global presence. In addition she is keen to strengthen the activities with Clean Energy partners with a commitment to a low-carbon future energy mix. Marit holds Board positions at REN21 (renewable energy network for the 21st Century), IRENA Coalition for Action, Top Sector Energy in the Netherlands, and at WING Global (Women in Geothermal) advocating for equality for all.


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