The Geothermal Grant and Loan Program funds the development of geothermal resources with money from the state’s Geothermal Resources Development Account. Thirty percent of the account funds come from royalty and lease payments made to the U.S. government by geothermal developers operating on federal land in California. 

The Energy Commission uses the funds to promote and maintain development of California's vast geothermal energy resources, mitigate any adverse impacts caused by geothermal development, and help local jurisdictions offset the costs of providing public services necessitated by geothermal development. 

The California Legislature established the program in 1980 under Public Resources Code sections 3822-3823.

The Energy Commission makes program awards through competitive solicitations. Eligible entities, including private entities and local jurisdictions, can qualify for financial assistance for a wide variety of geothermal-related projects, including geothermal technology research demonstrations; resource assessment, exploration, and development; local and regional planning; and impact mitigation projects.

Subscribe to the geothermal list serve for information about upcoming solicitations and events.

Previous projects funded by the program are in the list of geothermal projects and reports.

Related Events

December 11, 2019 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Art Rosenfeld Hearing Room
The Energy Commission will hold its regularly scheduled business meeting. The agenda is online and available for this meeting. Please go to https://www.energy.ca.gov/proceedings/business-meetings
December 12, 2019 | 10:00 AM - 03:30 PM
1st Floor, Arthur Rosenfeld Hearing Room
The Lead Commissioner for Renewable Energy of the California Energy Commission (CEC), Karen Douglas, is conducting a workshop to present proposed amendments to the Enforcement Procedures for the Renewables Portfolio Standard for Local Publicly Owned Electric Utilities (RPS POU Regulations).

California Power Generation and Power Sources

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Sacramento, CA 95814

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