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Committee floats bipartisan geothermal bill, sets markup

By Andres Picon | 06/11/2024 06:28 AM EDT

The legislation would direct agencies to explore where geothermal resources are located and support research and development.

Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.).

House Science, Space and Technology Chair Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) at a press conference in April. Lucas will hold a markup this week on geothermal, nuclear and other bills. Francis Chung/POLITICO

The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology will mark up four bills this week, including one that aims to supercharge a promising form of geothermal energy development.

Chair Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and Rep. Andrea Salinas (D-Ore.) last week introduced their “,” H.R. 8665, to establish new programs at the Department of Energy dedicated to geothermal.

Sometimes referred to as “superhot rock geothermal,” it’s a form of renewable energy production that involves drilling deep into the earth to access dry rocks at around 400 degrees Celsius.

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Those rocks can naturally heat up water or other liquids that are injected into the earth, converting that liquid into a supercritical state that can power a turbine.

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