Policy makers’ guidebook for geothermal electricity generation
The Policy makers’ guidebook for geothermal electricity generation is an interactive online resource which outlines five steps for implementing geothermal policy and provides links to helpful resources.
Step 1: Assess the local industry and resource potential for geothermal electricity generation
Increasing the use of geothermal energy requires a baseline level of knowledge about the industry and market trends in your locality.
Step 2: Identify challenges to local development of geothermal electricity generation
Identifying specific challenges associated with geothermal power generation in the area will help the decision maker recognize the point in development where new policy should be targeted.
Step 3: Evaluate current policy for geothermal electricity generation
A coordinated plan that addresses current policy gaps and leverages existing state and federal policy will enhance ability to develop new policy.
Step 4: Consider policy options for geothermal electricity generation
New or expanded policy options can enhance deployment of geothermal power generation.
Step 5: Implement Geothermal Electricity Generation Policies
Choosing and implementing the most appropriate policies for the area will help move it toward geothermal power generation goals. The policies designed should address the most prominent geothermal barriers in the area.
Developing policy that reduces barriers and results in market deployment will lead to greater implementation of geothermal electricity generation. Geothermal technologies that can be used for electricity generation include co-production, conventional hydrothermal, enhanced geothermal systems, and low temperature geothermal resources.