U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20240
June 27, 2011
In Reply Refer To:
1200 (300) P
EMS TRANSMISSION 06/29/2011
Information Bulletin No. 2011-072
To: All Washington Office and Field Office Officials
From: Deputy Director, Operations
Subject: Establishment of the National Renewable Energy Coordination Office
This Information Bulletin announces the establishment of the National Renewable Energy Coordination Office (RECO) within the Minerals and Realty Management Directorate
Both the President and the Secretary have set a nationwide goal of increasing energy production from renewable energy resources in the United States. The President’s “New Energy for America” plan establishes a goal to generate 10 percent of the Nation’s electricity from renewable energy sources by the year 2012 and 25 percent by the year 2025. The BLM is well positioned to help answer this call to increase production of energy from our Nation’s own renewable energy resources and make a significant contribution to this effort. In March 2009, the Secretary of the Interior issued Secretarial Order 3285 making the production, development, and delivery of renewable energy a priority for the BLM as part of a balanced energy development strategy.
The BLM has achieved tremendous success in permitting renewable energy projects over the last 2 years in the implementation of the Secretarial Order 3285. This success was the result of hard work at all levels of the organization, from the field offices, the state offices, the Washington Office, and the Department. To ensure the long-term sustainability of the renewable energy program, the BLM now will institutionalize the program within the Bureau’s organizational and program structures. Within the Washington Office, this requires integrating renewable energy into the existing WO-300 directorate.
The Washington Office will continue to provide program and policy direction and oversight in our continuing efforts to provide opportunities for renewable energy development on public lands. Specifically, a permanent organization will facilitate a number of pressing program development needs:
The BLM will also expand its monitoring, inspection, and compliance program to ensure approved projects achieve the appropriate mitigation and fulfill the terms of the authorizations.
The National RECO staff will consist of permanent and term positions that include a chief and program leads for wind, solar, and geothermal.
Please feel free to contact Michael D. Nedd, Assistant Director for Minerals and Realty Management, 202-208-4201, regarding any questions on the establishment of the National Renewable Energy Coordination Office.
I look forward to your continued support and assistance in meeting our renewable energy goals and responding to the priorities of environmentally responsible renewable energy development as part of a balanced energy development strategy on the public lands.
Signed by: Authenticated by:
Mike Pool Robert M. Williams
Deputy Director, Operations Division of IRM Governance,WO-560