The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) is an innovative, landscape-level renewable energy and conservation planning effort covering more than 22 million acres in the California desert. The plan has two broad sets of goals:
- Renewable Energy: The plan identifies specific development focus areas with high-quality renewable energy potential and access to transmission in areas where impacts can be managed and mitigated.
- Desert Conservation: The plan specifies species, ecosystem, and climate adaptation requirements for desert wildlife, as well as the protection of recreation, cultural, and other desert resources.
The DRECP is a collaborative effort between the BLM, U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, California Energy Commission, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
DRECP Phase I
In March of 2015, the BLM and its partner agencies announced a phased approach for completion of the DRECP, beginning with the public lands component of the plan.
As part of Phase I, the BLM released the Proposed Land Use Plan Amendment and Final Environmental Impact Statement on November 10, 2015. The proposed BLM plan covers 10 million acres of BLM-managed lands in the DRECP plan area and serves as a foundation for achieving the overall renewable energy and conservation goals of the DRECP.
The proposed BLM plan, final environmental review, and associated fact sheets and frequently asked questions can be found at http://drecp.org/faqs.
ACEC Notice (BLM News Release)
Notice of Areas of Critical Environmental Concern in the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan Prposed Land Use Plan Amendment, California (Federal Register Notice)