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Graph of the Week: Thirteen U.S. States Enacted Legislation Affecting Geo in 2013
Above: Our Graph of the Week, a map of the U.S. states that have enacted legislation affecting geothermal applications in 2013, uses data from Colorado State University’s Advanced Energy Legislation Tracker. “This database is a great way to track geothermal legislation happening in your state,” says the Geothermal Energy Association’s Ben Matek. Nevada was one of the 13 states to pass geothermal-related laws this year; SB 123 called for retiring (and replacing with renewable resources) 300 MW of coal-fired electric generating capacity by December 31, 2014 and 250 MW of coal-fired electric generating capacity by December 31, 2017. Washington State passed SB 5369 to help coordinate and streamline water use permitting for geothermal development. And Oregon passed a handful of geothermal-related laws, including HB 2031 to designate the Department of State Lands for transactions concerning low-potential geothermal resource rights, and HB 2435 which includes geothermal energy in net metering for customer-generated electricity and distributive generation. (Note: CSU’s tracker actually lists 14 states and 27 laws, but we didn’t include a law from California because its only relevance to geothermal was that its regulating state department also oversees geothermal.)
House Subcommittee Looking at Federal Lands Mapping Consolidation
Two bills being considered at the U.S. House subcommittee level would consolidate the map-making duties of U.S. government agencies and would require a complete inventory of federal lands and infrastructure by the Interior Department.
Global Leaders to Publish Plans for Cutting Emissions in 2015
The Warsaw climate talks ended up setting a 2015 deadline for countries to publish their 2020 goals for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. and the E.U. have both agreed to take a lead, but say that historic responsibilities must now consider the rapidly rising emissions of emerging economies such as China and India.
AEA Campaign Targets Renewable Subsidies
The Geothermal Energy Association notes that the American Energy Alliance has launched a campaign targeting federal subsidies for the wind industry. Federal subsidies for renewable energy sources are needed to bring geothermal energy to the playing field with sources like oil and gas that have long had these subsidies. See geo-energy.org.