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Policymakers' Guidebook for Electricity Generation

The Policymakers' Guidebook for Electricity Generation outlines five steps for implementing geothermal policy and provides links to helpful resources. 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. Learn more about geothermal energy at NREL's renewable energy Web site.

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

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. Learn more.

Step 2: Identify Challenges to Local Development of Geothermal Electricity Generation

Identifying specific challenges associated with geothermal power generation in your area will help you recognize the point in development where new policy should be targeted. Learn more.

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 your ability to develop new policy. Learn more.

Step 4: Consider Policy Options for Geothermal Electricity Generation

New or expanded policy options can enhance deployment of geothermal power generation. See the types of policy options you can consider.

Step 5: Implement Geothermal Electricity Generation Policies

Choosing and implementing the most appropriate policies for your area will help move it toward geothermal power generation goals. The policies you design should address the most prominent geothermal barriers in your area. Learn more.

Download a printable brochure of this guidebook.