Regional Sessions Will Address Benefits of Recently Completed Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement to Western States
WASHINGTON, D.C.--The public and members of the geothermal industry are encouraged to join the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service at seven regional training sessions intended to encourage environmentally sound development of geothermal energy across the Western U.S. The seven sessions listed below begin in early April in Denver and end in Salt Lake City in June.
The training will provide an understanding of the process involved in leasing geothermal resources on Federal lands and will describe the benefits of the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for geothermal energy (www.blm.gov/geothermal_eis) published in October 2008. Each training session will be three hours in length. The project management staff from the PEIS team will be present at all meetings. The sessions are free of charge and do not require registration.
Dates, times and locations of the training sessions are as follows:
· Denver, CO. Thu Apr 9, 9 am – noon. Golden Community Center, Bear Creek Room, 1470 10th Street, Golden, CO 80401
· Portland, OR. Tue Apr 21, 9 am – noon. Scottish Rite Center, Candidates Room, 1512 SW Morrison, Portland, OR 97205
· Boise, ID. Wed Apr 29, 1 pm – 4 pm. Residence Inn Boise West, Conference Room, 7303 West Denton St, Boise, ID 83704
· Sacramento, CA. Wed May 13, 1 pm – 4 pm. California Energy Commission, Hearing Room A, 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
· Salt Lake City, UT. Thu Jun 11, 1 pm – 4 pm. Sheraton, Executive B Room, 150 West 500 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
The approved development scenario, which was analyzed in the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS), anticipates a potential 5,500 megawatts of new electric generation capacity from resources in the 12 western States (including Alaska) by 2015. It also estimates an additional 6,600 megawatts by 2025, for a total of 12,100 megawatts