A new bill could improve geothermal energy developments in the U.S.

The bill has bipartisan support. Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski from Alaska and Democrat Senator Maria Cantwell from Washington state have sponsored a bill called “The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015”, a bill that has been designed to support geothermal energy advancements in the United States, by removing important barriers that hinder geothermal development. The legislation includes several provisions, among which is a 50,000 MW National Geothermal Goal. In addition to the national 50 GW goal for developing this renewable power, this legislation would also direct federal agencies to identify…

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New geothermal energy bill introduced in the U.S.

Two state senators join forces to encourage the production of geothermal power on public lands. Idaho Senator Jim Risch teamed up with Oregon Senator Ron Wyden to reintroduce the Geothermal Production Expansion Act, a bill that prevents tentative bidders from hiking up the price of leases for geothermal energy projects, and enables the non-competitive leasing of a limited amount of public land at fair market value to encourage the growth of this renewable resource on hot spots that have already been identified. Approximately 250 million acres of federal land has…

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Geothermal energy use may increase in California if new bill passes

A new bill could help to build a clean energy future in the Golden State. Recently, a bill known as SB 1139 was approved by the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communication Committee, and this bill would require electric utilities that are publicly owned and retail sellers of energy to obtain 500 MW (megawatts) of electricity from base load geothermal energy plants by 2024. California has ample geothermal resources that are underused. SB 1139 was authored by Senator Ben Hueso and co-authored by Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez. According to Hueso, the…

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