There is hereby established the Geothermal Energy Coordination and Management Project.
(b) Composition; members and chairman
(1)The Project shall be composed of six members as follows:
(A)one appointed by the President;
(B)an Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation;
(C)an Assistant Secretary of the Department of the Interior;
(D)an Associate Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration;
(E)the Assistant Administrator of the Energy Research and Development Administration for Solar, Geothermal, and Advanced Energy Systems;
(F)an Assistant Administrator of the Federal Energy Administration;
(G)an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency;
(H)an Assistant Secretary of Treasury; and
(I)an Assistant Secretary of Agriculture.
(2)The President shall designate the Assistant Administrator of the Energy Research and Development Administration for Solar, Geothermal, and Advanced Energy Systems to serve as Chairman of the Project.
(3)If the individual appointed under paragraph (1)(A) of this subsection is an officer or employee of the Federal Government, he shall receive no additional pay on account of his service as a member of the Project. If such individual is not an officer or employee of the Federal Government, he shall be entitled to receive the daily equivalent of the annual rate of basic pay in effect for level IV of the Executive Schedule (5 U.S.C. 5315) for each day (including traveltime) during which he is engaged in the actual performance of duties vested in the Project.
(c) Responsibility for geothermal energy research, development, and demonstration program
The Project shall have overall responsibility for the provision of effective management and coordination with respect to a national geothermal energy research, development, and demonstration program. Such program shall include—
(1)the determination and evaluation of the resource base;
(2)research and development with respect to exploration, extraction, and utilization technologies;
(3)the demonstration of appropriate technologies; and
(4)the loan guaranty program under subchapter II of this chapter.
(d) Allocation of functions to certain agencies; loaning of personnel
(1)The Project shall carry out its responsibilities under this section acting through the following Federal agencies:
(A)the Department of the Interior, the responsibilities of which shall include evaluation and assessment of the resource base, including development of exploration technologies;
(B)the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the responsibilities of which shall include the provision of contract management capability, evaluation and assessment of the resource base, and the development of technologies pursuant to section
1122(b) of this title;
(C)the Atomic Energy Commission, the responsibilities of which shall include the development of technologies; and
(D)the National Science Foundation, the responsibilities of which shall include basic and applied research.
(2)Upon request of the Project, the head of any such agency is authorized to detail or assign, on a reimbursable basis or otherwise, any of the personnel of such agency to the Project to assist it in carrying out its responsibilities under this chapter.
(e) Exclusive authority of the Project
The Project shall have exclusive authority with respect to the establishment or approval of programs or projects initiated under this chapter, except that the agency involved in any particular program or project shall be responsible for the operation and administration of such program or project.
1978—Subsec. (b)(1). Pub. L. 95–238, § 502(1)–(3), in subpar. (E) substituted “Assistant Administrator of the Energy Research and Development Administration for Solar, Geothermal, and Advanced Energy Systems;” for “General Manager of the Atomic Energy Commission; and”, and added subpars. (G) to (I).
Subsec. (b)(2). Pub. L. 95–238, § 502(4), substituted “the Assistant Administrator of the Energy Research and Development Administration for Solar, Geothermal, and Advanced Energy Systems” for “one member of the Project”.
Transfer of Functions
Energy Research and Development Administration terminated and functions vested by law in Administrator thereof transferred to Secretary of Energy (unless otherwise specifically provided) by sections
7293 of Title
42, The Public Health and Welfare.
Atomic Energy Commission abolished and functions transferred by sections
5841 of Title
42. See, also, Transfer of Functions notes set out under those sections.
Federal Energy Administration terminated and all functions transferred to Secretary of Energy (unless otherwise specifically provided) by sections
7293 of Title
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