Evaluate Current Policy for Geothermal Heating and Cooling
The third step in developing geothermal heating and cooling technology policy involves reviewing current policy and major provisions that impact the technology's development at the state and federal levels.
States use a variety of policy tools to support clean energy technologies. Some states already have policies in place that apply to direct-use applications and ground source heat pumps. Additionally, federal, state, and local policies can interact to create or correct market failures. A coordinated plan that addresses policy gaps and leverages existing state and federal policy will enhance new policy effectiveness.
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 electricity generation technologies, please see the Policymakers' Guidebook for Geothermal Electricity Generation.
Next, consider policy options.