The Secretary shall establish a program of research,development, demonstration, and commercial application to support development of geothermal energy production from oil and gas fields and production and recovery of energy, including electricity, from geopressured resources. In addition, the Secretary shall conduct such supporting activities including research, resource characterization, and technology development as necessary.
42 U.S. Code § 17195. Geothermal energy production from oil and gas fields and recovery and production of geopressured gas resources
(a) In general
(b) Geothermal energy production from oil and gas fieldsThe Secretary shall implement a grant program in support of geothermal energy production from oil and gas fields. The program shall include grants for a total of not less than three demonstration projects of the use of geothermal techniques such as advanced organic rankine cycle systems at marginal, unproductive, and productive oil and gas wells. The Secretary shall, to the extent practicable and in the public interest, make awards that—
use a range of oil or gas well hot water source temperatures from 150 degrees Fahrenheit to 300 degrees Fahrenheit;
are located at a range of sites;
can be replicated at a wide range of sites;
The Secretary shall give preference to assessments that address multiple elements contained in paragraphs (1) through (8).
(c) Grant awardsEach grantaward for demonstration of geothermal technology such as advanced organic rankine cycle systems at oil and gas wells made by the Secretary under subsection (b) shall include—
necessary and appropriate site engineering study;
detailed economic assessment of site specific conditions;
design or adaptation of existing technology for site specific circumstances or conditions;
installation of equipment, service, and support;
(d) Geopressured gas resource recovery and production
(e) Competitive grant selection