U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
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Renewable Energy in Nevada
The U.S. Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are committed to America’s clean energy future. Nationwide, the BLM has approved 52 solar, wind and geothermal projects since 2009. These projects include 29 solar projects, 11 wind projects and 12 geothermal projects.
BLM Nevada has been actively involved with fostering the development of renewable energy, particularly 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 BLM administers 67 percent of Nevada's land base, thus having the potential to make significant contributions to the Nation’s renewable energy portfolio.
Luning Solar Energy Project
The BLM Nevada is processing the Luning Solar Energy Project, a utility-scale solar project proposed by Invenergy Solar Development, LLC with a planned generating capacity of up to 50 megawatts (MW). The project would be located in Mineral County, Nevada on public lands administered by the BLM, Carson City District Office, Stillwater Field Office.
Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone Development
The BLM Nevada recently held an auction for six parcels located in the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone, located on lands administered by the Southern Nevada District Office.
Dry Lake North Solar Energy Zone Solar Regional Mitigation Planning Project
The BLM Nevada is working toward completion of the Solar Regional Mitigation Strategy for the Dry Lake North Solar Energy Zone, located on lands administered by the Ely District Office.
BLM Nevada Approved Renewable Energy Project
Renewable Energy Planning
A Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) relating to the development of wind energy on the public lands was completed in June 2005. This EIS provides an analysis of the development of wind energy projects on the public lands in the West. In conjunction with the publication of this EIS, the BLM amended 52 land use plans to allow for the use of applicable lands for wind energy development. BLM offices are able to use this EIS as an aid in analyzing impacts for specific applications for the use of public lands for wind energy use. The BLM issued a wind energy policy in December 2008 to provide guidance on best management practices (BMPs); measures to mitigate potential impacts on birds, wildlife habitat, and other resource values; and guidance on administering wind energy authorizations.
In October 2012, the Secretary of the Interior signed the Approved Resource Management Plan Amendments/Record of Decision for the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Solar Energy Development in Six Southwestern States (Solar PEIS). This decision finalized a Western Solar Plan that provides a blueprint for utility-scale solar energy permitting in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah by establishing an initial set of 17 Solar Energy Zones throughout these western states, and identified a process for utility-scale solar energy development in variance areas outside of these zones.