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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Las Vegas Field Office
 
Release Date: 03/22/13
Contacts: Hillerie C. Patton=702-515-5046=hpatton@blm.gov    

BLM Approves Wind Energy Project near Searchlight


LAS VEGAS – The Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have issued a final decision to approve the development of a wind energy project in Clark County near Searchlight, Nev. The decision signed by the Secretary of the Interior, modifies the proposed project and includes numerous additional mitigation measures to lessen visual, avian, and other impacts from the project.
 
The Record of Decision (ROD) approves the 87 wind turbine layout alternative and associated infrastructure, and a switching station proposed by Western Area Power Administration. The original proposal was cut from 161 wind turbines to 87.  The right-of-way application area encompasses about 18,949 acres of BLM-administered public lands along U.S. Route 95. The permanent footprint of the project, as approved, would be 152 acres. 
 
The BLM analysis carefully considered a range of reasonable alternatives to the proposed project, which included potential impacts on environmental and cultural resources; practicable means to avoid, minimize, or mitigate those impacts; and national policy goals to promote renewable energy projects. The decision came through extensive public comments periods on the environmental impact statement as well as discussions with the area tribes and State and federal agencies. The notice of availability of the ROD was published in the Federal Register on March 22, 2013.
 
The Searchlight Wind Energy, LLC project is to construct and operate a wind energy generating facility that will produce 200 megawatts of electricity and deliver power to the electrical transmission grid by 2015. 

The ROD is available for public inspection at the BLM Southern Nevada District Office. Printed or electronic copies of the ROD are available by request from the BLM Southern Nevada District Office, 4701 N. Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130, phone (702) 515-5173, or email: BLM_NV_SNDO_SearchlightWindEnergyEIS@blm.gov. Interested persons may also review the ROD on the Internet at www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/lvfo/blm_programs/energy/searchlight_wind_energy.html.

For more information, please call Gregory Helseth, at 702-515-5173.



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 03-22-2013