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The GRC Policy Committee is an add-on option for GRC members who want to fund advocacy work at the U.S. state and local level.

A continuation of the many works of the Geothermal Energy Association, the Policy Committee is comprised of companies making up a broad spectrum of the geothermal power industry.

The GRC Policy Committee advocates for public policies that will promote the development and utilization of geothermal resources and provides a forum for the industry to discuss issues and problems.

2018 GRC PC Focus

Interim Chair of the Policy Committee: Josh Nordquist (Ormat Technologies, Inc.), email: pc-chair@geothermal.org.

Please note you must be a GRC member first to sign up for the Policy Committee. 

To sign up for a GRC membership please click here.

Policy Committee Levels
 (fees are in addition to GRC membership fees):

  • Individual $70 - PC Individual Members will be included on the PC mailing list to be kept appraised of activities as well as receive an invitation to participate on PC calls. (available only to GRC Individual, Student, and Retired members)
  • Benefactor $100 - PC Benefactor Members will be included on the PC mailing list to be kept appraised of activities as well as receive an invitation to participate on PC calls. (available only to GRC Benefactor members)
  • Non-Profit/University $150 - PC Non-Profit/University Memberswill be included on the PC mailing list to be kept appraised of activities as well as receive an invitation to participate on PC calls. (available to GRC Individual and Benefactor members)
  • Business Level $375 - PC Business Members will be included on PC mailing list to be kept appraised of activities as well as receive an invitation to participate on PC calls. (available to only GRC corporate level members)
  • Industry Level $1,150 - PC Industry Members will be included on the PC mailing list to be kept appraised of activities as well as receive an invitation to participate on PC calls and vote on annual direction items. (available to only GRC corporate level members)
  • Executive Level $4,700 - PC Executive Members will be included on the PC mailing list to be kept appraised of activities as well as receive an invitation to participate on PC calls. Executive Level membership will also receive one seat/vote on the Committee. (available only to GRC Supporting, Sustaining or Patron members)
  • Corporate Level $12,725 - PC Corporate Members will be included on the PC mailing list to be kept appraised of activities as well as receive an invitation to participate on PC calls and vote on annual direction items. Corporate Level embership will also receive two seats/votes on the Committee. (available only to GRC Sustaining or Patron members)
  • Board Level $26,750 - PC Board Members will be included on the PC mailing list to be kept appraised of activities as well as receive an invitation to participate on PC calls as and vote on annual direction items. Board Level membership will also receive two seats/votes on the Committee. Board level members are integrally involved in the work of the Committee. (available only to GRC Patron members)

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Latest News

August 20 - GRC Policy Committee Announces Support for California AB 893

The GRC Policy Committee and the geothermal industry support a 2,000 MW geothermal carve-out provided that at least 500 MW be from new geothermal resources. More information.........

August 17 - GRC Policy Committee Announces Opposition to Nevada Ballot Question 3

The Geothermal Resources Council Policy Committee has voted unanimously to oppose Nevada Ballot Question 3, which, if passed, would direct the Nevada Legislature to “establish an open, competitive retail electric energy market” no later than July 1, 2023. More information.........

July 24 - GRC Policy Committee Update

Successful First Meeting of the GRC Policy Committee
The GRC recently unified with the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA), the US trade association for commercial interests in geothermal electricity production, to strengthen our ability in advancing the science, education, and development of renewable geothermal energy resources.

The GRC Policy Committee has been set up as a separate part of the GRC, independently funded by interested organizations, to advocate on behalf of the geothermal community. It has successfully held its first meeting with a well-attended conference call that touched on some current legislative affairs affecting the industry.

The committee supported an op-ed in support of the Question 6 in Nevada which would increase the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) in the Silver State to 50% by 2030.  The committee also began discussions on the Energy Choice initiative, which will be on the Nevada ballot in November, the many legislative bills swirling around the California legislature that could support geothermal and renewable development, and is reviewing a request to the US Department of the Interior to initiate a meaningful categorical exclusion (CX) for geothermal exploration drilling.