30 CFR 1206.356 - How do I calculate royalty or fees due on geothermal resources I use for direct use purposes?

§ 1206.356 How do I calculate royalty or fees due on geothermal resources I use for direct use purposes?
If you use the geothermal resource for direct use:
(a) For Class I leases, you must determine the royalty due on geothermal resources in accordance with the first applicable of the following three paragraphs.
(1) The weighted average of the gross proceeds established in arm's-length contracts for the purchase of significant quantities of geothermal resources to operate the lessee's same direct-use facility multiplied by the royalty rate in your lease. In evaluating the acceptability of arm's-length contracts, the following factors will be considered: time of execution, duration, terms, volume, quality of resource, and such other factors as may be appropriate to reflect the value of the resource.
(2) The equivalent value of the least expensive, reasonable alternative energy source (fuel) multiplied by the royalty rate in your lease. The equivalent value of the least expensive, reasonable alternative energy source will be based on the amount of thermal energy that would otherwise be used by the direct use facility in place of the geothermal resource. That amount of thermal energy (in Btu) displaced by the geothermal resource will be determined by the equation:
Where hin is the enthalpy in Btu/lb at the direct use facility inlet (based on measured inlet temperature), hout is the enthalpy in Btu/lb at the facility outlet (based on measured outlet temperature), density is in lbs/cu ft based on inlet temperature, the factor 0.133681 (cu ft/gal) converts gallons to cubic feet, and volume is the quantity of geothermal fluid in gallons produced at the wellhead or measured at an approved point. The efficiency factor of the alternative energy source will be 0.7 for coal and 0.8 for oil, natural gas, and other fuels derived from oil and natural gas, or an efficiency factor proposed by the lessee and approved by ONRR. The methods of measuring resource parameters (temperature, volume, etc.) and the frequency of computing and accumulating the amount of thermal energy displaced will be determined and approved by BLM under 43 CFR 3275.13-3275.17.
(3) A royalty determined by any other reasonable method approved by ONRR or the Assistant Secretary, Policy, Management and Budget of the Department of the Interior, under § 1206.364 of this part.
(b) For geothermal resources produced from Class II and Class III leases, you must multiply the appropriate fee from the schedule in subparagraph (b)(1) of this section by the number of gallons or pounds you produce from the direct use lease each month.
(1) You must use the following fee schedule to calculate fees due under this section:
Direct Use Fee Schedule
[Hot water]
If your average monthly inlet temperature (°F) is Your fees are . . .
At least . . . But less than . . . ($/million gallons) ($/million pounds)
130 140 2.524 0.307
140 150 7.549 0.921
150 160 12.543 1.536
160 170 17.503 2.150
170 180 22.426 2.764
180 190 27.310 3.379
190 200 32.153 3.993
200 210 36.955 4.607
210 220 41.710 5.221
220 230 46.417 5.836
230 240 51.075 6.450
240 250 55.682 7.064
250 260 60.236 7.679
260 270 64.736 8.293
270 280 69.176 8.907
280 290 73.558 9.521
290 300 77.876 10.136
300 310 82.133 10.750
310 320 86.328 11.364
320 330 90.445 11.979
330 340 94.501 12.593
340 350 98.481 13.207
350 360 102.387 13.821
(i) For direct use geothermal resources with an average monthly inlet temperature of 130 °F or less, you must pay only the lease rental.
(ii) The ONRR, in consultation with BLM, will develop and publish a revised fee schedule in the Federal Register, as needed.
(iii) ONRR, in consultation with BLM, will calculate revised fees schedules using the following formulas:
Where:
RV = Royalty due as a function of produced volume in the fee schedule, expressed as dollars per million (106) gallons;
Rm = Royalty due as a function of produced mass in the fee schedule, expressed as dollars per million (106) pounds;
ρ[rho] = Water density at inlet temperature expressed as lbs per gallon;
Tin = Measured inlet temperature in °F (as required by BLM under 43 CFR part 3275);
Tout = Established assumed outlet temperature of 130° F;
e = Boiler Efficiency Factor for coal of 70 percent;
Pprbc = The 3-year historical average of Powder River Basin spot coal prices, as published by the Energy Information Administration, or other recognized authoritative reference source of coal prices, in dollars (per MMBtu);
Frr = The assumed Lease Royalty Rate of 10 percent.
(2) The fee that you report is subject to monitoring, review, and audit.
(3) The schedule of fees established under this paragraph will apply to any Class III lease with respect to any royalty payments previously made when the lease was a Class I lease that were due and owing, and were paid, on or after July 16, 2003. To use this provision, you must provide ONRR data showing the amount of geothermal production in pounds or gallons of geothermal fluid to input into the fee schedule (see 43 CFR part 3276).
(i) If the royalties you previously paid are less than the fees due under this section, you must pay the difference plus interest on that difference computed under § 1218.302 of this chapter.
(ii) If the royalties you previously paid are more than the fees due under this section, then you are entitled to a refund or credit from ONRR of 50 percent of the overpaid royalties. You are also entitled to a refund or credit of any interest that you paid on the overpaid royalties.
(c) For geothermal resources other than hot water, ONRR will determine fees on a case-by-case basis.
[48 FR 35641, Aug. 5, 1983, 76 FR 76615, Dec. 8, 2011]
Editorial Note:
At 76 FR 76615, Dec. 8, 2011, § 1206.356 was amended in the thermal energy displaced equation in paragraph (a)(2) by removing “0.113681” and adding in its place “0.133681”. The rule document does not include a revised illustration to be used for publication.

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U.S. Code: Title 5 - GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION AND EMPLOYEES
U.S. Code: Title 25 - INDIANS

§ 396 - Leases of allotted lands for mining purposes

§ 396a - Leases of unallotted lands for mining purposes; duration of leases

§ 396b - Public auction of oil and gas leases; requirements

§ 396c - Lessees of restricted lands to furnish bonds for performance

§ 396d - Rules and regulations governing operations; limitations on oil or gas leases

§ 396e - Officials authorized to approve leases

§ 396f - Lands excepted from leasing provisions

§ 396g - Subsurface storage of oil or gas

§ 397 - Leases of lands for grazing or mining

§ 398 - Leases of unallotted lands for oil and gas mining purposes

§ 398a - Leases of unallotted lands for oil and gas mining purposes within Executive order Indian reservations

§ 398b - Proceeds from rentals, royalties, and bonuses; disposition

§ 398c - Taxes

§ 398d - Changes in boundaries of Executive order reservations

§ 398e - Applications for permits to prospect for oil and gas filed under other statutes; disposition

§ 399 - Leases of unallotted mineral lands withdrawn from entry under mining laws

§ 400 - Leases for mining purposes of reserved and unallotted lands in Fort Peck and Blackfeet Indian Reservations

§ 400a - Lease for mining purposes of land reserved for agency or school; disposition of proceeds; royalty

§ 401 - Leases for mining purposes of unallotted lands in Kaw Reservation

§ 402 - Leases of surplus lands

§ 402a - Lease of unallotted irrigable lands for farming purposes

§ 403 - Leases of lands held in trust

§ 403a - Lease of lands on Port Madison and Snohomish or Tulalip Indian Reservations in Washington

25 U.S. Code § 332, 333 - Repealed.

25 U.S. Code § 332, 333 - Repealed.

§ 403b - Lease of restricted lands in State of Washington

§ 403c - Identity of lessor; period of lease

§ 404 - Sale on petition of allottee or heirs

§ 405 - Sale of allotment of noncompetent Indian

§ 406 - Sale of timber on lands held under trust

§ 407 - Sale of timber on unallotted lands

§ 407a to 407c - Omitted

§ 407d - Charges for special services to purchasers of timber

§ 408 - Surrender of allotments by relinquishment for benefit of children

§ 409 - Sale of lands within reclamation projects

§ 409a - Sale of restricted lands; reinvestment in other restricted lands

§ 410 - Moneys from lease or sale of trust lands not liable for certain debts

§ 411 - Interest on moneys from proceeds of sale

§ 412 - Payment of taxes from share of allottee in tribal funds

§ 412a - Exemption from taxation of lands subject to restrictions against alienation; determination of homestead

§ 413 - Fees to cover cost of work performed for Indians

§ 414 - Reservation of minerals in sale of Choctaw-Chickasaw lands

§ 415 - Leases of restricted lands

§ 415a - Lease of lands of deceased Indians for benefit of heirs or devisees

§ 415b - Advance payment of rent or other consideration

§ 415c - Approval of leases

§ 415d - Lease of restricted lands under other laws unaffected

§ 416 - Leases of trust or restricted lands on San Xavier and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Reservations for public, religious, educational, recreational, residential, business, farming or grazing purposes

§ 416a - Lease provisions

§ 416b - Development pursuant to lease

§ 416c - Lease of lands of deceased Indians for benefit of heirs or devisees

§ 416d - Advance payment of rent or other consideration

§ 416e - Approval of leases

§ 416f - Dedication of land for public purposes

§ 416g - Contract for water, sewerage, law enforcement, or other public services

§ 416h - Zoning, building, and sanitary regulations

§ 416i - Restrictions

§ 416j - Mission San Xavier del Bac

§ 2101 - Definitions

§ 2102 - Minerals Agreements

§ 2103 - Secretary’s determination on Minerals Agreements

§ 2104 - Secretary’s review of prior Minerals Agreements

§ 2105 - Effect of other provisions

§ 2106 - Assistance to tribes or individuals during Minerals Agreement negotiations

§ 2107 - Regulations; consultation with Indian organizations; pending agreements

§ 2108 - Tribal right to develop mineral resources

U.S. Code: Title 30 - MINERAL LANDS AND MINING

§ 181 - Lands subject to disposition; persons entitled to benefits; reciprocal privileges; helium rights reserved

§ 182 - Lands disposed of with reservation of deposits of coal, etc.

§ 183 - Cancellation of prospecting permits

§ 184 - Limitations on leases held, owned or controlled by persons, associations or corporations

§ 184a - Authorization of States to include in agreements for conservation of oil and gas resources lands acquired from United States

§ 185 - Rights-of-way for pipelines through Federal lands

§ 186 - Reservation of easements or rights-of-way for working purposes; reservation of right to dispose of surface of lands; determination before offering of lease; easement periods

§ 187 - Assignment or subletting of leases; relinquishment of rights under leases; conditions in leases for protection of diverse interests in operation of mines, wells, etc.; State laws not impaired

§ 187a - Oil or gas leases; partial assignments

§ 187b - Oil or gas leases; written relinquishment of rights; release of obligations

§ 188 - Failure to comply with provisions of lease

§ 188a - Surrender of leases

§ 189 - Rules and regulations; boundary lines; State rights unaffected; taxation

§ 190 - Oath; requirement; form; blanks

§ 191 - Disposition of moneys received

§ 191a - Late payment charges under Federal mineral leases

§ 191b - Collection of unpaid and underpaid royalties and late payment interest owed by lessees

§ 192 - Payment of royalties in oil or gas; sale of such oil or gas

§ 192a - Cancellation or modification of contracts

§ 192b - Application to contracts

§ 192c - Rules and regulations governing issuance of certain leases; disposition of receipts

§ 193 - Disposition of deposits of coal, and so forth

§ 193a - Preference right of United States to purchase coal for Army and Navy; price for coal; civil actions; jurisdiction

§ 194 - Repealed.

§ 195 - Enforcement

§ 196 - Cooperative agreements; delegation of authority

§ 351 - Definitions

§ 352 - Deposits subject to lease; consent of department heads; lands excluded

§ 353 - Sale of lands unaffected; reservation of mineral rights; sale subject to prior lease; naval petroleum reserves unaffected

§ 354 - Lease of partial or future interests in deposits

§ 355 - Disposition of receipts

§ 356 - Furnishing description of lands and title documents; recordation of documents; authenticated copies

§ 357 - State or local government rights; taxation

§ 358 - Rights under prior leases; priority of pending applications; exchange of leases

§ 359 - Rules and regulations

§ 360 - Authority to manage certain mineral leases

§ 1001 - Definitions

§ 1002 - Lands subject to geothermal leasing

§ 1002a - Repealed.

§ 1003 - Leasing procedures

§ 1004 - Rents and royalties

§ 1005 - Lease term and work commitment requirements

§ 1006 - Acreage limitations

§ 1007 - Readjustment of lease terms and conditions

§ 1008 - Byproducts

§ 1009 - Relinquishment of geothermal rights

§ 1010 - Suspension of operations and production

§ 1011 - Termination of leases

§ 1012 - Waiver, suspension, or reduction of rental or royalty

§ 1013 - Surface land use

§ 1014 - Lands subject to geothermal leasing

§ 1015 - Requirement for lessees

§ 1016 - Administration

§ 1017 - Unit and communitization agreements

§ 1018 - Data from Federal agencies

§ 1019 - Disposal of moneys from sales, bonuses, rentals, and royalties

§ 1020 - Publication in Federal Register; reservation of mineral rights

§ 1021 - Federal exemption from State water laws

§ 1022 - Prevention of waste; exclusivity

§ 1023 - Rules and regulations

§ 1024 - Inclusion of geothermal leasing under certain other laws

§ 1025 - Federal reservation of certain mineral rights

§ 1026 - Significant thermal features

§ 1027 - Land subject to prohibition on leasing

§ 1028 - Hot dry rock geothermal energy

§ 1701 - Congressional statement of findings and purposes

§ 1702 - Definitions

U.S. Code: Title 31 - MONEY AND FINANCE
U.S. Code: Title 43 - PUBLIC LANDS

§ 1301 - Definitions

§ 1302 - Resources seaward of Continental Shelf

§ 1303 - Amendment, modification, or repeal of other laws

§ 1331 - Definitions

§ 1332 - Congressional declaration of policy

§ 1333 - Laws and regulations governing lands

§ 1334 - Administration of leasing

§ 1335 - Validation and maintenance of prior leases

§ 1336 - Controversies over jurisdiction; agreements; payments; final settlement or adjudication; approval of notice concerning oil and gas operations in Gulf of Mexico

§ 1337 - Leases, easements, and rights-of-way on the outer Continental Shelf

§ 1338 - Disposition of revenues

§ 1338a - Moneys received as a result of forfeiture by Outer Continental Shelf permittee, lessee, or right-of-way holder; return of excess amounts

§ 1339 - Repealed.

§ 1340 - Geological and geophysical explorations

§ 1341 - Reservation of lands and rights

§ 1342 - Prior claims as unaffected

§ 1343 - Repealed.

§ 1344 - Outer Continental Shelf leasing program

§ 1345 - Coordination and consultation with affected State and local governments

§ 1346 - Environmental studies

§ 1347 - Safety and health regulations

§ 1348 - Enforcement of safety and environmental regulations

§ 1349 - Citizens suits, jurisdiction and judicial review

§ 1350 - Remedies and penalties

§ 1351 - Oil and gas development and production

§ 1352 - Oil and gas information program

§ 1353 - Federal purchase and disposition of oil and gas

§ 1354 - Limitations on export of oil or gas

§ 1355 - Restrictions on employment of former officers or employees of Department of the Interior

§ 1356 - Documentary, registry and manning requirements

§ 1356a - Coastal impact assistance program

§ 1801 - Congressional findings

§ 1802 - Congressional declaration of purposes