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Evaluate Current Policy for Geothermal Electricity Generation

The third step in developing geothermal electricity generation policy involves reviewing current policy and major provisions that impact geothermal power generation development at the state and federal levels.

Increased Development Step 5 Implement Policies Step 4 Consider Policy Options Step 3 Evaluate Current Policy Step 2 Identify Challenges to Local Development Step 1 Assess the Local Industry and Resource Potential

Depending on land ownership, regulations, and other factors, current policies may or may not apply to your needs. Furthermore, states use a variety of policy tools to support clean energy development; some states already have policies in place that apply to geothermal energy while others do not. In light of this discrepancy, federal, state, and local policies can interact to create or correct barriers. A coordinated plan that addresses current policy gaps and utilizes existing policy will enhance new policy effectiveness.

Learn more about current federal policies and view current state policies already in place.

Additionally, visit the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency to find information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives and policies that support renewable energy and energy efficiency, including geothermal.

For information on policies that apply to geothermal heating and cooling technologies, please see the Policymakers' Guidebook for Geothermal Heating and Cooling Technologies.

Next, consider policy options.