National Lab to Provide Geothermal Technical Support to Bureau of Land Management

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently said it has entered into an interagency agreement with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to provide technical support and assistance in the development of renewable energy from geothermal resources on public lands.

According to NREL, the agreement represents an expansion of NREL’s existing and developing relationship with BLM, specifically in the area of geothermal development.

Since 2009, BLM has approved 34 solar energy projects, 11 wind energy projects, and 15 geothermal power plants. Ten of the 15 geothermal power plants are in operation.

NREL said that its new interagency agreement with BLM specifically employs NREL’s geothermal expertise and technical assistance capabilities to help establish more effective ways to manage geothermal resources and operations on federal lands. NREL will assist BLM through technical and analytical expertise on geothermal inspection and enforcement, induced seismicity, and classification.¬†Several reports, studies, and other tools will be developed aimed at providing assistance to BLM and its geothermal program.

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