Tuesday, February 23, 2016

New Mexico: Geothermal Bill is on Governor's Desk - Please Sign!

Geothermal energy bill waits for New Mexico governor's sign off (Utility Dive)

New Mexico only has one geothermal plant currently operating, the 4 MW Lightning Dock project developed by Cyrq Energy, which could eventually be expanded to 10 MW. But the state wants to go further, and lawmakers in the House and Senate have both passed a measure to spur development.

The bill would give the Energy Conservation and Management Division the authority to put forth "regulations governing geothermal resources and provides for administrative penalties for violations, with appeals to district court," according to a synopsis. It also allows for actions in district court for water rights owners claiming damage from geothermal resource exploration, development, or production.