27 Jul '15, 2pm

USA: US Senate to Consider Bill Targeting Barriers to Geothermal Development

USA: US Senate to Consider Bill Targeting Barriers to Geothermal Development

The bill, entitled "The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015," is sponsored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska, and Sen. Maria Cantwell, a Democrat from Washington state. Among its provisions is establishing a 50 GW goal for geothermal development. It also directs federal agencies to identify priority areas for development, allows federal oil and gas lease holders to obtain a non-competitive geothermal lease to facilitate coproduction of geothermal power, and will provide geothermal exploration test projects a limited categorical exclusion provided the lands involved present no extraordinary circumstances. The bill will be considered by the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday. Not surprisingly, the geothermal industry in the US is thrilled with this development, with Karl Gawell, executive director of the Geothermal Energy Association predicting it "would ...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/article/us-senate-...

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