IS-15 Regulation of Geothermal Energy Development in Colorado


Regulation of geothermal energy development in Colorado. 27 pages. 5 figures. 3 tables.  Digital PDF download. IS-15D

From the Introduction:

The development of geothermal energy in Colorado is regulated by government in order to ensure the protection of the health, safety and property of residents and property owners. Accordingly, laws demand that a geothermal developer must have a legal right to use of the resource. … The steps necessary for obtaining leases vary depending upon what entity owns the land and the minerals. Where ownership is private, leases are obtained simply through negotiation and contractual agreement with the owner. The transaction is then usually reported by the lessee to the county clerk of the county or counties in which leases are located. State and federal leasing procedures are described in the report sections.

This handbook attempts to clarify the regulatory system in an easy-to-follow format to help guide geothermal energy development participants. Over time, requirements and procedures may change as experience and/or new legislation requires and those procedures not yet specifically delineated will become more systematic.