New Colorado law encourages geothermal projects
SALIDA, Colo. – A new state law encourages geothermal energy projects by making it easier for government agencies to cooperate on studies and projects.
The bill signed into law Friday by Gov. Bill Ritter also streamlines the process for obtaining geothermal drilling permits.
State Sen. Gail Schwartz of Snowmass sponsored the bill. She says geothermal will diversify Colorado’s energy sources.
The law includes provisions protecting the rights of landowners and those with rights to the water. It also establishes a process for resolving disputes.