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Title: Coordinating Permit Offices and the Development of Utility-Scale Geothermal Energy (Presentation)

Permitting is a major component of the geothermal development process. Better coordination across government agencies could reduce uncertainty of the process and the actual time of permitting. This presentation highlights various forms of coordinating permit offices at the state and federal level in the western United States, discusses inefficiencies and mitigation techniques for permitting natural resource projects, analyzes whether various approaches are easily adaptable to utility-scale geothermal development, and addresses advantages and challenges for coordinating permit offices. Key successful strategies identified include: 1. Flexibility in implementing the approach (i.e. less statutory requirements for the approach); 2. Less dependence on a final environmental review for information sharing and permit coordination; 3. State and federal partnerships developed through memorandum of understanding to define roles and share data and/or developer information. A few of the most helpful techniques include: 1. A central point of contact for the developer to ask questions surrounding the project; 2. Pre-application meetings to assist the developer in identifying all of the permits, regulatory approvals, and associated information or data required; 3. A permit schedule or timeline to set expectations for the developer and agencies; 4. Consolidating the public notice, comment, and hearing period into fewer hearings held concurrently.
Authors:
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1097302
Report Number(s):
NREL/PR-6A20-60276
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Presented at the 2013 Geothermal Recources Council (GRC) Annual Meeting, 29 September - 2 October 2013, Las Vegas, Nevada; Related Information: NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO.
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Geothermal Technologies Program
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
15 GEOTHERMAL ENERGY UTILITY-SCALE GEOTHERMAL POWER PLANT; REGULATION; POLICY; COORDINATING PERMIT OFFICES; GEOTHERMAL REGULATORY ROADMAP; GRR; BLM; HAWAII; ALASKA