Renewable Energy Priority Projects

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Renewable Energy in Southern Nevada


The U.S. Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are committed to America’s clean energy future.  BLM-Nevada is working to diversify the nation’s energy portfolio through the development of solar, wind, geothermal, and transmission siting on BLM-managed public lands within the state. 

The Renewable Portfolio Standard has set a target for Nevada's utilities to generate 25% of the total electricity from renewable sources by 2025. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) administers 67 percent of Nevada's land base, thus having the potential to make significant contributions to the Nation’s renewable energy portfolio.

Much progress has been made, with the approval of the first solar projects ever on Nevada public lands in October/November 2010.  More progress lies ahead as work continues on review of priority projects, listed below. 

Projects listed on this site have begun the environmental review and National Environmental Protection Agency(NEPA) process.  To be a Priority Project, a company must demonstrate to the BLM that the project has progressed far enough to formally start the environmental review and public participation process, as well as have the potential to be cleared for approval by the end of the year.

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Priority Projects


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 Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone
 
News Release - posted 12/8/2014

 

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 None at this time

 

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None at this time

 Renewable Energy Planning

The BLM continues to analyze Nevada's suitability for solar, wind, and geothermal energy in an effort to direct renewable energy development to areas with high energy potential and few conflicts. Other ongoing planning efforts include the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan and the Department of Energy/BLM Solar Energy Development Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement.

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BLM Auction Yields $5.8 Million in Competetive Bids for Nevada's Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone, 6/30/14

Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone Competitive Auction Announcement, 5/30/14

Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone Interest Announcement, 3/14/14

Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone Solar Regional Mitigation Planning Project


For more information or to submit a comment, please contact Greg Helseth at:

BLM, Las Vegas Field Office
4701 North Torrey Pines Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89130

Email: ghelseth@blm.gov
Phone: 702-515-5173
Fax: 702-515-5155