Topics and Considerations for Developing State Geothermal Regulations

Description: In 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office with support from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released the GeoVision report and associated Non-Technical Barriers Task Force report. The Non-Technical Barriers Task Force report identified states in the eastern and southern United States that do not currently have geothermal regulations for power production or direct-use applications. In addition, other discussions have indicated interest from states in updating existing geothermal regulations that have been in place for decades. Based on these findings, NREL worked with state regulators, geothermal industry representatives, and academia to develop guidance for states developing or updating geothermal regulations that would be inclusive of all geothermal technologies (e.g., conventional and nonconventional power production and direct-use applications) with applicability in all states. This panel will include an overview of the guidance created out of this effort as well as individual perspectives from those involved in its development.

Moderator: Aaron Levine, NREL


  • Trenton Claudhos, Alta Rock
  • Jeanine Vany, EAVOR
  • Charlene Wardlow, CalGem