DOI's Geothermal Program Needs Updating, Watchdog Says

Law360, New York (March 19, 2013, 1:40 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's geothermal energy program is hampered by outdated directives and an inadequate inspection and enforcement program, hurting the agency's goals of developing more renewable energy on federal lands, a watchdog report said Monday.

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 set a goal for the Interior Department to approve 10,000 megawatts per hour of additional electricity generation from renewable energy — including geothermal energy — on federal lands by 2015. However, that goal is made more difficult by an ineffective geothermal energy...
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