Science Committee approves geothermal, nuclear fuel bills

By Nico Portuondo | 06/14/2024 06:46 AM EDT

The House panel is advancing bipartisan legislation as leaders eye a transition next year.

Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.).

The House Science, Space and Technology Committee approved geothermal energy legislation from Chair Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) during a markup Thursday. Francis Chung/POLITICO

A House committee approved bipartisan bills Thursday that would support a unique form of geothermal energy, domestic nuclear fuel development and sustainability in agriculture.

Lawmakers on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee passed H.R. 8665, the “Supercritical Geothermal Research and Development Act.”

The bill would create a program at the Department of Energy focused on the most extreme form of geothermal energy, in which developers drill deep underground tap energy from the Earth’s core.


Like nuclear fusion, “supercritical” geothermal has potential to revolutionize the energy space, but faces difficult technological roadblocks to commercialization.