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2014-15 Renewable Energy Projects

The Bureau of Land Management continues its work on environmentally responsible development of utility-scale renewable energy projects on public lands as part of the Administration's efforts to diversify the Nation's energy portfolio. 

The BLM is currently processing 13 renewable energy projects (11 solar and 2 wind) representing about 3,030 MW, or enough electricity to power over 900,000 homes. The BLM identified these projects for processing through collaboration that emphasizes early consultation with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, and the Department of Defense. The BLM considered the progress of each project in terms of the necessary public participation and environmental analysis under NEPA and applicable state environmental laws. Based on this consideration of progress, and best information from project proponents, the BLM anticipates that the projects on the list may reach a decision point by the end of 2015.

The table below indicates the locations and other details regarding the BLM's 2014-15 renewable energy projects. It also shows project status relative to landscape-level plans, like the Solar Energy Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (the Western Solar Plan).  Links are given to related BLM and state web pages, as well as Federal Register notices. Rows shaded in light blue denote projects on private and/or Tribal land -- "connected-action projects" -- that will require BLM authorizations for transmission, access, and other off-site facilities. 

Related link:

EA = Environmental AssessmentNOI = Notice of Intent
EIS = Environmental Impact StatementROD = Record of Decision
FONSI = Finding of No Significant ImpactSEZ = Solar Energy Zone (Solar Programmatic EIS)

   Solar Energy Projects

State
Project Name
[Applicant]
(County)
 Technology
Potential Output (MW) 
BLM Acreage
Status 
AZ
Maricopa Solar (Variance) (map)
[Marisol Energy 2]
(Maricopa)

PV

205

 1,730

NOI published 9/20/13
Draft EIS pending

CA

Stateline Solar (map)
[First Solar]
(San Bernardino)

PV

300

1,687

APPROVED
NOI published 8/4/11
Draft EIS released 11/23/11
Final EIS released 11/15/13
Decision 2/14/14

CA

Ocotillo Sol (map)
[San Diego Gas & Electric]
(Imperial)

 PV

18
 100

APPROVED
NOI published 7/17/11
Draft EIS released 4/20/12
Final EIS released 7/26/13
Decision 4/7/14

CA

Blythe Mesa Solar (map)
[Renewable Resources Group]
(Riverside)

PV

485

-- c
EA pending

CA

Soda Mountain (map)
[Bechtel Energy]
(San Bernardino)

PV

350

4,179

NOI 10/23/12
Draft EIS 11/29/13

CA

Blythe Solar Power Project (map)
[NextEra]
(Riverside East Solar Energy Zone)

PV

485

4,138

NOI 8/30/13
Draft EIS 2/7/14
Final EIS 5/30/14
Decision pending

CA

RE Cinco (map)
[Recurrent Energy]
(Kern)

PV

60

-- c
EA pending

CA

Palen Solar Electric Generating System (map)
[BrightSource Energy]
(Riverside East Solar Energy Zone)

CSP

500

4,000

Draft EIS 7/26/13
Final EIS pending

NV

Silver State South Solar (map)
[First Solar]
(Clark)

PV

250

 2,427

APPROVED
NOI published 9/1/11
Draft EIS published 10/15/12
Final EIS published 9/20/13
Decision 2/14/14

NV
Moapa RES (BIA) (map)   
[RES America]
(Clark)
PV/CSP
200
-- c

APPROVED
NOI published 8/6/12
Draft EIS published 9/6/13
Final EIS published 2/18/14
Decision 5/1/14

NV

Luning Solar (Variance) (map)
[Ivenergy Solar]
(Mineral)

PV

50

560

Variance package pending

a   Rated total output capacity. Potential output may change depending on the analysis and review of each project. 
b   Solar projects identified as "variance" projects are new applications filed on lands outside of a Solar Energy Zone designated by the Western Solar Plan.  
c   Projects on private/Tribal land:  denotes "connected action" projects that will require BLM authorizations for transmission, access, and other off-site facilities.

 

  Wind Energy Projects

State

Project Name
[Applicant]
 (County / Counties)
Potential Output (MW) a
BLM Acreage
Status

CA

Tylerhorse Wind (map)
[Iberdrola]
(Kern)
60
1,100
NOI 7/15/11
Draft EIS 4/18/14
Final EIS pending

CA

Walker Ridge Wind (map)
[AltaGas Renewable Energy]
(Lake and Colusa)
70

7,882

NOI published 8/13/2010
Draft EIS pending

  Rated total output capacity. Potential output may change depending on the analysis and review of each project.