OREGON/WASHINGTON GEOTHERMAL ENERGY
The BLM manages public lands for many uses, including sustainable energy development. Geothermal energy is considered one of the most efficient and sustainable types of renewable energy with minimal carbon emissions. Only 11 western states have potential for geothermal energy, and we have this unique possibility due to volcanic activity here in Oregon and Washington.
Oregon and Washington both have currently active geothermal energy leases. Oregon has one unit in production called the Davenport Newberry Unit, located on the western flank of Newberry Caldera within the Deschutes National Forest.
The leased parcels undergo a detailed environmental analysis that includes three opportunities for involvement: scoping, public comment, and protest periods. After parcels are leased, lessees must submit site-specific proposals for additional in-depth analysis before energy development can begin.
For information about upcoming Competitive Lease Sales please visit the Bureau of Land Management's National Fluids Lease Sale System (NFLSS) at: https://nflss.blm.gov/.
For more information about BLM’s geothermal energy program visit: https://www.blm.gov/programs/energy-and-minerals/renewable-energy/geothermal-energy.