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

September 30, 2019 | 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Fresno Council of Governments - 2035 Tulare Street, Suite 201, Fresno, CA 93721
The California Energy Commission (CEC) will jointly conduct a workshop with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to solicit input from stakeholders to inform the scope of the joint agency report required by Senate Bill (SB) 100, the “100 Percent Clean Energy Act of 2018” (de León, Chapte
October 3, 2019 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
San Francisco, CA
The lead commissioner for the 2019 Integrated Energy Policy Report (2019 IEPR), Vice Chair Janea A. Scott, and the lead commissioner for offshore wind, Karen Douglas, will host a workshop to explore the global offshore wind market with a focus on current activities in California, including research opportunities.
October 14, 2019 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Art Rosenfeld Hearing Room
The Energy Commission will hold its regularly scheduled business meeting. The agenda is usually available about 10 business days before the date of the meeting. Please go to the Business Meetings Page.  
November 13, 2019 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Art Rosenfeld Hearing Room
The Energy Commission will hold its regularly scheduled business meeting. The agenda is usually available about 10 business days before the date of the meeting. Please go to the Business Meetings Page.  

Contact

916-653-6222

California Energy Commission
1516 9th Street, MS-45
Sacramento, CA 95814

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