Hearing to focus on bolstering geothermal energy

By Scott Streater | 03/04/2024 06:30 AM EST

A Natural Resources subcommittee will consider bills to ease regulations for geothermal projects. Oil and gas royalty and leasing bills are also on tap.

Rep. John Curtis (R-Utah).

Geothermal energy legislation from Rep. John Curtis (R-Utah) is on the agenda this week. Carolyn Kaster/AP

A House Natural Resources panel this week will debate a host of geothermal energy-related bills that focus on streamlining permitting requirements that Republicans say are slowing down project development on federal lands.

Among the bills on tap at Wednesday’s Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources hearing is H.R. 7370, from Rep. John Curtis (R-Utah).

The “Geothermal Energy Opportunity Act” seeks to remove what Curtis’ office called “unnecessary” regulatory burdens, such as “cumbersome leasing and permitting processes” that can hold up already approved geothermal projects.


Curtis’ bill would amend the Geothermal Steam Act of 1970 to require the Interior Department to issue notices to process drilling and other permits within 30 days “after completing all environmental documents” for a project’s approval.