Country:United States
Policy status:Superseded
Date Effective:2007
Policy Type:Regulatory Instruments, Economic Instruments>Direct investment>Funds to sub-national governments, Policy Support, Economic Instruments>Direct investment>Infrastructure investments
Policy Target:Geothermal>Power, Geothermal, Geothermal>Heat
Policy Sector:Multi-sectoral Policy
Agency:Department of the Interior
Legal References:Energy Policy Act of 2005

The geothermal energy programmes encourage geothermal energy development on federal lands by requiring more competitive leasing, offering simplified royalty calculations, and sharing USD 4 million in current royalties with counties where production occurs. In 2008, the Bureau of Land Management released the stakeholder driven Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) streamlining leasing in 11 Western states. The BLM presently manages 530 geothermal leases, with 58 leases in producing status generating about 1,275 megawatts of installed geothermal energy on public lands. This amounts to about 50 percent of U.S. geothermal energy capacity.

This record is superseded by:Onshore Renewable Energy Development Programs

Last modified: Thu, 15 May 2014 09:13:09 CEST