On May 16, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources approved S. 363, the Geothermal Product Expansion Act of 2013, by a voice vote with no amendments. If enacted, the bill would let the Department of Interior issue noncompetitive leases for geothermal projects on up to 640 acres of public land; these projects must originate on private land and must show that the discovery extends into the federal land. The bill will now be considered by the full Senate.