Efforts to Streamline Permitting of Geothermal Projects in the United States

Aaron Levine, Katherine Young

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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.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalRocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2018

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-6A20-68387


  • environmental
  • geothermal legislation
  • permitting
  • regulation
  • United States


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