U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
BLM California State Director Jim Kenna at Sunrise Powerlink dedication
The Sunrise Powerlink crosses nearly 50 miles of public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, compared to 19 miles of U.S. Forest Service land, 2 miles of Department of Defense land, and 0.4 miles of state land. Clearly, BLM’s public lands are a vital component of this power line, and a big part of the nation’s plans to diversify its energy portfolio and move toward energy independence.
Speaking at the dedication ceremony Thursday, July 26, 2012, BLM California State Director, Jim Kenna said: “Generation and transmission projects must happen together if we are to unlock the potential of one of the richest renewable energy regions here in the California desert. And it is important that -- especially on public lands -- these projects are approached thoughtfully, so that we can maintain reliability of the system while balancing cost and impacts to our environment.”
- Photos by Steve Razo, BLM California Desert District Public Affairs (July 2012)