California Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 27 signed into law Assembly Bill 2339, broadening the definition of renewable energy to include geothermal heat pumps and geothermal ground-loop technologies, according to the North Bay Business Journal. California is the third state to pass such legislation - after Maryland and New Hampshire.  

AB 2339 requires the California Energy Commission to consider statutory and permit requirements and other obstacles to the use of geothermal at a time when the state is striving to comply with the AB 32 greenhouse gas emission reduction goals and meet the its energy-efficiency objectives.

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