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How to speed development of geothermal energy on Federal lands

United States. General Accounting Office

How to speed development of geothermal energy on Federal lands

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by United States. General Accounting Office

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Published by General Accounting Office in [Washington] .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Geothermal resources -- United States.,
  • Energy development -- United States.

  • Edition Notes

    Statementby the Comptroller General of the United States.
    The Physical Object
    Pagination2, 44 p. ;
    Number of Pages44
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL14504758M

    Geothermal development projects often coexist with agricultural land uses including crop production or grazing. The low life-cycle land use of geothermal energy is many times less than the energy sources based on mining, such as coal and nuclear, that require enormous areas for mining and processing before fuel reaches the power plant. The Future of Geothermal Energy: Impact of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) on the United States in the 21st Century (Cambridge, MA: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ), p. ; John W. Lund and Derek H. Freeston, “World-wide Direct Uses of Geothermal Energy ,” Geothermics, vol. 30 (), pp. 34, 46, 51, 53; Alexander Richter.

    Measure has backing of energy developers, environmental groups Wind, solar, and geothermal energy development on federal land would speed through permitting required by federal environmental regulations under a bipartisan bill that has support from energy developers and environmental groups. Geothermal energy - Geothermal energy - History: Geothermal energy from natural pools and hot springs has long been used for cooking, bathing, and warmth. There is evidence that Native Americans used geothermal energy for cooking as early as 10, years ago. In ancient times, baths heated by hot springs were used by the Greeks and Romans, and examples of geothermal space heating date at .

    Pursuant to the legislation the Bureau of Land management and Minerals Management Service published final regulations for continued geothermal leasing, operations and royalty collection in the Federal Register (Vol. 72, No. 84 Wednesday May 2, , BLM p. . Inter-agency Coordination and Streamlining of Federal Permitting and Land Lease Processes Cost per kW of geothermal energy developmental stages (typical 50 MW plant). 5 One of the main constraints on geothermal project development is the ability to secure capital.


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How to speed development of geothermal energy on Federal lands by United States. General Accounting Office Download PDF EPUB FB2

Get this from a library. How to speed development of geothermal energy on Federal lands: report. [United States. General Accounting Office.] -- In an investigation of the Federal geothermal leasing program, GAO specifically examined the amount of geothermal lands owned and leased by the Federal Government and activities on these lands.

In an investigation of the Federal geothermal leasing program, GAO specifically examined the amount of geothermal lands owned and leased by the Federal Government and activities on these lands; reasons for the relatively slow development of geothermal energy; whether the Geothermal Act of contains provisions which are major impediments to geothermal development; geothermal development.

Get this from a library. How to speed development of geothermal energy on Federal lands: report. [United States. General Accounting Office.].

However, geothermal energy is not a strictly renewable energy source like wind energy or hydro energy. The Geothermal Steam Act of (“Act”) empowers the Secretary of the Interior (“Secretary”) to issue leases for the development and utilization of geothermal resources in lands.

Of particular note, the Energy Policy Act of directed that revenues from geothermal electricity generation on Federal public lands would be shared, with 50 percent going to the State, 25 percent going to the county, and the remainder to the U.S.

Treasury. Capital invested in geothermal energy development on public lands since (in dollars) was estimated at around $ billion. Another aspect highlighted in the report is job creation from renewable energy development and operation on public lands.

Environmental activists Ileene Anderson and Frazier Haney sur acres in the eastern Sierra Nevada that federal land managers have approved for development of geothermal energy production.

Geothermal energy is a significant source of renewable electric power in the western United States and, with advances in exploration and development technologies, a potential source of a large fraction of baseload electric power for the entire country.

Geothermal leases are for an initial year period with 50 percent of the funds disbursed to the state, 25 percent to the respective county, and 25 percent remaining in the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The Bureau of Land Management manages public lands for many uses, including sustainable energy development.

Geothermal resources on Tribal Lands – National Renewable Energy Laboratory and GTO Global The Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) carries out R&D and demonstration efforts to deploy 12 GWe of clean geothermal energy by and expand geothermal into new U.S. regions. What are the different ways in which geothermal energy can be used.

Geothermal energy can be used for electricity production, for commercial, industrial, and residential direct heating purposes, and for efficient home heating and cooling through geothermal heat pumps.

For a video presentation on the different ways to use geothermal energy. The rule is part of the Obama administration’s Climate Action Plan, which seeks to cut U.S.

greenhouse gases in part by developing 10 gigawatts of renewable energy on federal land. associated with geothermal development. 1 Using Energy Information Administration (EIA) average geothermal energy production, Land Use: Geothermal power plants can be designed to fiblend-infl to their surrounding and they are constructed in accordance with a host of state and federal regulations that protect areas set for development.

energy accounts for 17 percent of the electricity generated from renewable sources in the United States. Half of the Nation’s geothermal energy production occurs on Federal land, much of it in California and Nevada.

Other states with geothermal activity include Oregon, Utah, Idaho, and New Mexico. Solar is not the only renewable that runs into conflicts with federal land.

Geothermal does, too. For instance, the proposed withdrawal of aboutacres of federal land for the Navy’s expansion of its Fallon range could hinder geothermal development in high-potential areas. Federal spokesmen said the proposal does not open lands previously closed to geothermal development but would speed leasing by laying the groundwork for environmental reviews of individual projects.

California leads the nation in producing geothermal energy and is expected to continue to do so as interest in alternative energy spurs more. Energy and Power Generation on Federal Lands. PHOENIX, Arizona – Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne today announced a plan to make more than million acres of Federal land in 12 western states available for development of geothermal energy resources, an initiative that could increase electric generation capacity from.

In Decemberthe Federal Geothermal Steam Act of was enacted to provide for leasing of federal lands for geothermal resources.1 Various Western states have enacted laws and adopted regulations relating to leasing of lands for development of geothermal resources and for supervision of operations on private lands within the state.2 Many.

Potential parties may include the State Historic Preservation Office for federal lands and the county coroner/state archaeologist at the state and local level. Flora and Fauna Resource Assessment In choosing a potential geothermal development site, the developer must consider the presence of protected plants and animals.

For example, the geothermal programmatic plan estimates that approximately 50 percent of the geothermal resources in the United States are on Federal lands, and geothermal energy capacity has the potential to increase by as much as fold by (from 1, MW to 19, MW).

In Octoberthe Department of the Interior (DOI) announced that “with the authorization of the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project site in Wyoming, Interior reached the President's goal of authoriz megawatts of renewable power on public lands.”8 From the beginning of through approximately Aprilthe Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has approved 8, MW.Geothermal energy is a renewable energy source because heat is continuously produced inside the earth.

People use geothermal heat for bathing, to heat buildings, and to generate electricity. Source: Adapted from a National Energy Education Development Project graphic (public domain).Theoretically, geothermal resources are a virtually inexhaustible energy source.

Although the government has spent nearly $ million over the past 5 years, development and use of these resources has proceeded slowly. The Department of Energy (DOE) has the lead responsibility for the federal geothermal program and has tried to stimulate private industry and local public power .