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Geothermal Leasing on Federal Lands


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is the agency  responsible for managing geothermal leases on all federal lands. Not all federal lands are open to geothermal leasing. For example, geothermal exploration cannot occur in Wilderness Areas, wilderness study areas (WSA's), or areas of critical environmental concern (ACEC's). Once a geothermal lease has been submitted, the case is handled by the local BLM field office in which the lease occurs. A fairly lengthy review process is required before a geothermal lease is approved.

BLM Geothermal Lease Nomination Form

National BLM  /  Nevada BLM  /  BLM Geothermal in Nevada and Oregon

Geothermal Energy overview at the BLM and a Fact sheet: Renewable Energy: GEOTHERMAL.


BLM Regional Offices (clickable map)

BLM Regional Offices (clickable map)


BLM Geothermal Lease Auctions


Federal Incentives for Geothermal

Geothermal lease auctions on Federal lands in California, Nevada, Oregon/Washington, or Utah.

BLM Lease Nomination shapefiles 2007-2012: NBMG creates shapefiles by joining nominated geothermal lease parcels with a TRS/Cadastral shapefile of Nevada. The files have 2 limitations: (1) only whole sections are plotted (even though leases may fall within subsections), and
(2) if more than one lease covers a section, our shapefiles still show one parcel number. These shapefiles are in Lambert projection. TO BE CERTAIN OF LEASE BOUNDARIES, CONTACT THE BLM.


Modified Accelerated Cost-Recovery System

Business Energy Tax Credit / Production Tax Credit 

DOE Loan Guarantee Program

Renewable Energy Credits


Geothermal Regulatory Information


State Incentives for Geothermal

Geothermal Regulatory Roadmap : The Geothermal Regulatory Roadmap project is working with federal, state, and local agencies to optimize and streamline the permitting process.

2008 BLM Geothermal Lease Regulations

John Rishel Geothermal Steam Act
Amendments of 2005


California Renewable Portfolio Standard

California Feed-In Tariff

Nevada Renewable Portfolio Standard

Oregon Renewable Portfolio Standard