Geothermal Developers' Checklist

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The Geothermal Developers' Checklist provides detailed information and permitting requirements for developing a geothermal project from permitting and drilling exploratory wells to developing utility-grade power plants.



 



The Geothermal Developers' Checklist tool has been taken down, and has been replaced by the Geothermal Regulatory Roadmap.

Overview

The Geothermal Developers' Checklist provides detailed information and permitting requirements for developing a geothermal project from permitting and drilling exploratory wells to developing utility-grade power plants. Areas included in the checklist span the entire geothermal project including site identification and operation of the full scale plant. The checklist is a very fast tool to find information and outline the steps of a geothermal project; however the steps identified may require months to year to complete. It should be noted that the checklist is a starting point for a developer, and a more detailed analysis of each area with stakeholders, local governments and agencies, and professional experts is strongly encouraged. You can contact Katherine young for questions or more information about the Geothermal Developers' Checklist. The checklist is funded by the United States Depertment of Energy's Geothermal Technologies Program [1].


Inputs and Outputs

Inputs include: A user is given a list of states where example policies exist. The user can then select individual states they are interested in, select all of the states, or clear all selections. The user then selects from a list of steps to complete the project. They are:

  1. Determine Exclusions
  2. Identify Cultural or Tribal Issues
  3. Contact Lead Agency
  4. Secure Geothermal Rights and Land Access / Control
  5. Apply for Exploration Permit
  6. Conduct Environmental Study
  7. Obtain Well-Field Development Permits
  8. Determine Water Regulations
  9. Obtain Construction Permits
  10. Identify Utility and Transmission Requirements
  11. Decommission Plant

The site also provides descriptions of each of these steps when making selections.


Outputs include: After clicking submit, the tool provides detailed information relating to the state(s) and step(s) selected. Example legislation directly related to the project implementation is cited as well. The tool also provides a brief description of what to expect for policy in other states.

Highlights

The tool identifies the relevant policy requirements and steps needed for each phase of a geothermal project.


Notes

References

  1. 1.0 1.1  "Geothermal Technologies Program"