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Title: Geothermal Permitting and NEPA Timeline Analysis

Abstract

In this analysis, we outline the types of NEPA-related analyses and approvals (e.g., environmental assessment), and we provide examples of geothermal development activities (e.g., well drilling) that might require each type of approval, including an overview and discussion of the specific permits. We conducted an in-depth analysis of timelines specific to each NEPA analysis type, and we analyzed a sample of geothermal projects to identify factors that increased NEPA review timelines. Based on that analysis, we identified proven and potential strategies that can assist geothermal projects by lowering the time necessary to navigate the NEPA process, while maintaining the efficacy of the federal environmental review intact. We also identified areas of potential improvement in NEPA efficiency within each phase of geothermal development. Shortening project timelines can effectively decrease the perceived risk profiles of geothermal development projects. This submission includes a paper, poster, and presentation for the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) summarizing geothermal permitting and NEPA timeline analysis. Also included are two spreadsheets detailing the NEPA timeline analysis and environmental assessments (EA).

Authors:
Publication Date:
Other Number(s):
1258
DOE Contract Number:  
FY14 AOP 4.2.0.1
Product Type:
Dataset
Research Org.:
USDOE Geothermal Data Repository (United States); National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Geothermal Technologies Program (EE-2C)
Subject:
15 Geothermal Energy
Keywords:
geothermal; energy; NEPA; National Environmental Policy Act; Permitting; Permit; Timeline; NEPA Database; CE; CX; Categorical Exclusion; Determination of NEPA Adequacy; DNA; Environmental Assessment; EA; Enviromental Impact Statement; EIS; OpenEI; Species
OSTI Identifier:
1678730
DOI:
https://doi.org/10.15121/1678730

Citation Formats

Young, Katherine. Geothermal Permitting and NEPA Timeline Analysis. United States: N. p., 2014. Web. doi:10.15121/1678730.
Young, Katherine. Geothermal Permitting and NEPA Timeline Analysis. United States. doi:https://doi.org/10.15121/1678730
Young, Katherine. 2014. "Geothermal Permitting and NEPA Timeline Analysis". United States. doi:https://doi.org/10.15121/1678730. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1678730. Pub date:Tue Sep 30 00:00:00 EDT 2014
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