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2016-17 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 its effort to diversify the Nation's energy portfolio.

For the years 2016 and 2017, the BLM will process 7 renewable energy projects (5 solar and 2 geothermal) representing 1337 MW, or enough electricity to power over 400,000 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, and the National Park Service. 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 no later than the end of 2017.

The table below indicates the locations and other details regarding the BLM's 2016-17 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. 

 

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
White Wing Solar (map)
[First Solar]
(Yuma)

PV

210

 __c

Draft EA Pending

CA

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

PV

287

4,179

APPROVED
NOI 10/23/2012
Draft EIS 11/29/2013
Final EIS 6/9/2015
Decision 3/28/16

CA

Desert Quartzsite Solar (map)
[First Solar]
(Riverside)

 PV

300
 4,900

NOI Published 3/16/2015
Draft EIS Pending

NV

Moapa Tribe Aiya Solar BIA Lead(map)
[First Solar]
(Clark)

PV

100

__c

Draft EIS 5/17/2015
Final EIS 3/10/2016
Decision Pending

NV
Fort Mojave Solar BIA Lead(map)
[First Solar]
(Clark)

PV

332

2,800

NOI 4/10/2016

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.

 

Geothermal Power Plant California  Geothermal Energy Projects

State

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

NV

Tungsten Mountain (map)
[Ormat]
(Churchill)

Geothermal

48
__
APPROVED
EA 3/2016 Decision  3/25/2016

NV

Dixie Meadow (map)
[Ormat]
(Churchhill)

Geothermal

60

__

EA Pending

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