An Integrated Assessment Model for Public Policy Alternatives, Priorities, and Outcomes in Geothermal Environments

  • Edgar W. Butler
  • James B. Pick


During the course of a research project on geothermal development in Imperial County, California, it became apparent that a broad perspective was essential if public policy alternatives, priorities, and possible outcomes were to be systematically delineated. Among the reasons for this belief are the following:
  1. 1.

    Geothermal energy sources could become important in filling the energy needs of the nation.

  2. 2.

    Research insights are necessary if rational long-term alternative energy policies are to be developed.

  3. 3.

    Overlap and duplication of research efforts often slow development and waste funds, especially when there is lack of communication and overlapping efforts.

  4. 4.

    Optimal mechanisms are needed to determine site locations vis-à-vis economic, social, and environmental costs.

  5. 5.

    Mechanisms are needed to expedite the decision-making process to speed geothermal resource development and to aid in formulating long-range national, state, and localized geothermal energy policies.

  6. 6.

    Communities need to prepare for changes prior to development of geothermal and other energy resources.

  7. 7.

    Information which can be applied to local geothermal planning elements is necessary if local jurisdications are to have any input and control over their resource development.



Geothermal Energy Integrate Assessment Model Geothermal Resource Geothermal Site Public Utility Commission 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edgar W. Butler
    • 1
  • James B. Pick
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaRiversideUSA

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