Two Bills May Lower U.S. Geothermal Hurdles
Source: Renewable Energy World, Steve Leone (8/2/11)
"When there's legislative movement to address long-acknowledged barriers, it's usually met with solid support or uniform skepticism."
In a bitter, divided Washington, good ideas sometimes have to wait in line. And they wait. And they wait.
That's one of the worries facing the geothermal industry, which has seen little movement in tangible projects coming online since the end of 2009. There are many reasons for the lag in completed developments, but the overriding ones continue to be the long permitting process and the expensive upfront costs of test drilling. So when there's movement on the legislative front to address these barriers, they're usually met with solid support, and sometimes, uniform skepticism. . .View full article