Geothermal NEPA Database on OpenEI

Katherine Young, Aaron Levine

Research output: NRELPoster


The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) developed the Geothermal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Database as a platform for government agencies and industry to access and maintain information related to geothermal NEPA documents. The data were collected to inform analyses of NEPA timelines, and the collected data were made publicly available via this tool in case others might find the data useful. NREL staff and contractors collected documents from agency websites, during visits to the two busiest Bureau of Land Management (BLM) field offices for geothermal development, and through email and phone call requests from other BLM field offices. They then entered the information into the database, hosted by Open Energy Information ( long-term success of the project will depend on the willingness of federal agencies, industry, and others to populate the database with NEPA and related documents, and to use the data for their own analyses. As the information and capabilities of the database expand, developers and agencies can save time on new NEPA reports by accessing a single location to research related activities, their potential impacts, and previously proposed and imposed mitigation measures. NREL used a wiki platform to allow industry and agencies to maintain the content in the future so that it continues to provide relevant and accurate information to users.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 2014

Publication series

NamePresented at the 2014 Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) Annual Meeting, 28 September-1 October 2014, Portland, Oregon

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PO-6A20-62623


  • BLM
  • casual use
  • categorical exclusions
  • CE
  • CU
  • CX
  • database
  • determination of NEPA adequacy
  • DNA
  • EA
  • EIS
  • environmental assessments
  • environmental impact statement
  • NEPA
  • OpenE
  • USFS


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