The U.S. Department of the Interior and the BLM are working with local communities, state regulators, industry, and other federal agencies in building a clean energy future by providing sites for environmentally sound development of renewable energy on public lands. Renewable energy projects on BLM-managed lands include wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass projects and the siting of transmission facilities needed to deliver this power to the consumer.
BLM Renewable Energy Updates
Competitive Leasing Webinar (December 3): The BLM will host a webinar for interested parties on Wednesday, December 3, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. EST to discuss the competitive leasing proposed rule and answer any questions. The dial-in number for the webinar is: 1-888-324-4391; Passcode 7595414. The address for the webinar is: http://anl.adobeconnect.com/blmleasing/. For more information regarding the webinar, please contact Jayme Lopez by telephone at 202-912-7547, or by email at email@example.com.
2014-15 Renewable Energy Projects
Renewable Energy Priority Projects Approved Since the Beginning of Calendar Year 2009
Competitive Processes, Terms, and Conditions for Leasing Public Lands for Solar and Wind Energy Development: The BLM proposes to amend existing regulations to facilitate responsible solar and wind energy development and to receive fair market value for such development. The proposed rule would promote the use of preferred areas for solar and wind energy development and establish competitive processes, terms, and conditions (including rental and bonding requirements) for solar and wind energy development rights-of-way both inside and outside these preferred areas.
Competitive Auction for Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone Yields $5.8 Million in High Bids: The BLM held a combined sealed- and oral-bid auction on June 30, 2014 to submit right-of-way applications and plans of development for utility-scale solar energy projects on 6 parcels across 3,083 acres of public lands in the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone in Clark County, Nevada. The auction generated $5,835,000 in high bids.
Land Management Rule Will Facilitate Renewable Energy Development on Public Lands (4/29/2013)
FWS Bald and Golden Eagle Guidelines
Best Management Practices for Reducing Visual Impacts of Renewable Energy Facilities on BLM-Administered Lands (April 2013) (14.3 MB)
Secretary Salazar Announces Milestone on McCoy Solar Energy Project, Caps Strong Year for Renewable Energy Development on Public Lands (12/20/2012)
Obama Administration Approves Roadmap for Utility-Scale Solar Energy Development on Public Lands (10/12/2012)
Salazar Authorizes Landmark Wyoming Wind Project Site, Reaches President’s Goal of Authorizing 10,000 Megawatts of Renewable Energy (10/9/2012)