Pathways to Overcome Geothermal Deployment Barriers

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Geothermal resources represent a vast domestic energy supply that can provide a fexible and reliable source of electricity as well as contribute to clean energy goals. In the United States, geothermal exploration and development are subject to numerous permits, authorizations, and other regulatory requirements at the federal, state, and local level. These are necessary to address potential environmental and resource impacts at geothermal project sites, but may act as barriers to geothermal deployment, slowing timelines and raising costs. The 2022 NREL report, Non-Technical Barriers to Geothermal Development in California and Nevada, presents fndings of a study on non-technical barriers that may infuence geothermal project development.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages2
StatePublished - 2023

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-6A20-85219


  • geothermal
  • non-technical barriers
  • permitting
  • regulatory


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