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Newly founded GRC Policy Committee discusses U.S. geothermal policy issues

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Alexander Richter 26 Jul 2018

Following the unification of the U.S.-based organisations of the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) and the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA), a Policy Committee was founded to push for favourable geothermal policy and create a forum for the U.S. geothermal industry.

In a release, the U.S.-based Geothermal Resources Council provided an update on a recently held meeting of its new GRC Policy Committee, founded after the unification of GRC with the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA), the U.S. trade association for commercial interests in geothermal electricity production.

The  has been set up as a separate part of the GRC, independently funded by interested organizations, to advocate on behalf of the geothermal community. It has successfully held its first meeting with a well-attended conference call that touched on some current federal and state legislative affairs affecting the industry.

The Policy Committee discussed the active Renewable Portfolio Standard and Energy Choice initiatives in Nevada, legislative activity in California, and federal efforts to streamline geothermal drilling. Discussions will continue to determine the GRC’s role in these issues.

If you would like to join the next meeting of the Policy Committee, or learn more about their initiatives, then please contact  (Chairman),  (Executive Director), or  (Membership Services).

The GRC Policy Committee advocates for public policies that will promote the development and utilization of geothermal resources and provides a forum for the industry to discuss issues and problems. It encourages research and development to improve geothermal technologies, presents industry views to governmental organizations, provides assistance for the export of geothermal goods and services, compiles statistical data about the geothermal industry, and conducts education and outreach projects.

The GRC Policy Committee is an add-on option for GRC members who want to fund advocacy work at the state and local level. The GRC has 1,100 members working in the geothermal industry and is the longest-established geothermal organization in the world.

A continuation of the many works of the Geothermal Energy Association, the Policy Committee is comprised of companies making up a broad spectrum of the geothermal power industry.

Source: GRC release