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January 30, 2002

Interior Department Budget to Boost Geothermal Energy

Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton announced in mid- January that the Interior Department's proposed budget for next year will include funds to encourage geothermal energy development on public lands. The President's budget proposal for fiscal year 2003 will include $350,000 for the Bureau of Land Management to improve access for geothermal energy leasing in California, Nevada, Utah, Oregon, and New Mexico. The budget will also include $500,000 for the U.S. Geological Survey to produce improved and updated information on geothermal resources. See the Department of Interior press release.

Secretary Norton's announcement came as a follow-up to the "National Conference on Opportunities to Expand Renewable Energy on Public Lands," co-hosted by DOE and the Interior Department in November of last year. See the December 5th edition of the EREN Network News.

Further details of President Bush's budget proposal were anticipated in last night's State of the Union Address, but the text of the speech was not available at press time. The President is also expected to release his full budget proposal next week. Watch for further news of the President's budget in future editions of the EREN Network News.