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Senate and House Actions Restore Geothermal Research Program

Both Senate and House Committees took action to restore funding for the Department of Energy’s geothermal research program, which the Administration’s budget had proposed to close. The Senate Energy and Water Subcommittee voted to restore full funding for the DOE geothermal research program in FY 2007, which now provides $22.5 million for geothermal research, similar to previous years.

“Today, some 25 states use geothermal resources for power or direct use purposes, but they are tapping only a small fraction of the potential. With continued federal and state support we estimate that over 30,000 MW of geothermal power could be developed in the next 20 years, representing an investment in new domestic energy supplies of over $70 billion,” Gawell estimated.


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