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Title: Efforts to Streamline Permitting of Geothermal Projects in the United States

Abstract

Geothermal permitting timelines in the United States can be a deterrent to new investment, with geothermal project development taking as long as seven to ten years. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005) in part aimed to streamline aspects of the geothermal permitting process on federally managed public lands. This article summarizes the general regulatory process for developing geothermal projects in the United States and thereafter discusses efforts proposed or undertaken by the U.S. Congress, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, state governments, and project developers to increase permitting efficiency.

Authors:
 [1];  [1]
  1. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Geothermal Technologies Office (EE-4G)
OSTI Identifier:
1467102
Report Number(s):
NREL/JA-6A20-68387
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Journal
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 55; Journal Issue: 1
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
15 GEOTHERMAL ENERGY; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY, AND ECONOMY; permitting; environmental; geothermal legislation; regulation; United States

Citation Formats

Levine, Aaron L., and Young, Katherine R. Efforts to Streamline Permitting of Geothermal Projects in the United States. United States: N. p., 2018. Web.
Levine, Aaron L., & Young, Katherine R. Efforts to Streamline Permitting of Geothermal Projects in the United States. United States.
Levine, Aaron L., and Young, Katherine R. Mon . "Efforts to Streamline Permitting of Geothermal Projects in the United States". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1467102.
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title = {Efforts to Streamline Permitting of Geothermal Projects in the United States},
author = {Levine, Aaron L. and Young, Katherine R.},
abstractNote = {Geothermal permitting timelines in the United States can be a deterrent to new investment, with geothermal project development taking as long as seven to ten years. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005) in part aimed to streamline aspects of the geothermal permitting process on federally managed public lands. This article summarizes the general regulatory process for developing geothermal projects in the United States and thereafter discusses efforts proposed or undertaken by the U.S. Congress, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, state governments, and project developers to increase permitting efficiency.},
doi = {},
journal = {Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Journal},
number = 1,
volume = 55,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {1}
}

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