• Researchers at OU have received $2.5 million of US Department of Energy funding for a three-phase study to develop technologies to increase power production from geothermal wells. The geothermal development research site in Southern California sits on the US Navy’s largest single landholding. • The potential leasing of space in the SPR comes after the DOE’s plans to buy crude oil were suspended. US oil inventory stockpiles stand at a 10-month high. • The projects are intended to accelerate the development and commercialization of treatment technologies to reduce waste water that is being injected into disposal wells and increase water supplies for reuse. • The projects are designed to reduce technical risks in enhanced oil recovery and expand application of EOR methods in conventional and unconventional reservoirs. • Twelve organizations—universities and private technology companies—will conduct research and development on emerging shale plays and technologies covering everything from digital pressure-sensing to smart microchip proppant. • ExxonMobil has committed$100 million over 10 years to work with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the National Energy Technology Laboratory to bring lower-emissions technology to commercial scale.