Active 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 23 renewable energy projects (14 solar, 6 wind, and 3 geothermal) representing about 5,300 MW. 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, in the case of geothermal projects on forest lands, with the U.S. Forest Service. The projects were selected based on the screening criteria outlined in BLM policy memoranda issued in February 2011. In addition, 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 and the BIA anticipate that the projects on the list may reach a decision point within the next 24 months. The BLM and the BIA intend to update the Active Renewable Energy Projects list as new projects that meet the standards above are proposed.

The table below indicates the locations and other details regarding the BLM's active renewable energy projects. It also shows project status relative to landscape-level plans, like the Solar Energy Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Solar PEIS).  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 b

AZ

Hyder Valley Solar (map)
[Pacific Solar Investments]
(Maricopa)

CSP -
Parabolic
Trough

350

4,500

NOI published 5/20/10
Draft EIS pending

AZ
Quartzsite Solar Energy (map)
[Solar Reserve]
(La Paz)

 CSP - 
Power Tower

100

 1,675

APPROVED
NOI published 1/14/10
Draft EIS released 11/10/11
Final EIS released 12/21/12
Decision 5/30/13
Land Use Plan Amendment

CA

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

PV

300

2,143

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

CA
McCoy Solar (map)
[NextEra]
(Riverside)

 PV

750

 7,700

APPROVED
NOI published 8/29/11
Draft EIS released 5/25/12
Final EIS released 12/21/2012
Decision 3/13/13
(Riverside East SEZ)
Land Use Plan Amendment

CA

Desert Harvest Solar (map)
[EDF-Renewable (EnXco)]
(Riverside)

 PV

150
 1,208

APPROVED
NOI published 9/15/11
Draft EIS released 4/13/12
Final EIS released 11/2/12
Decision 3/13/13
(Riverside East SEZ)
Land Use Plan Amendment

CA

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

 PV

20
 100

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

CA

Ft Mojave Solar (BIA) (map)
[First Solar]
(San Bernardino)

PV

310

-- c
Project suspended
CA
Silverleaf Solar (map)
[Tenaska (Silverleaf Solar)]
(Imperial)

PV

160

-- c
Project on hold by applicant
CA

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

PV

485

-- c
EA pending

CA/NV

Hidden Hills Solar (map)
[BrightSource]
(Inyo, CA / Clark, NV)

CSP -
Power Tower

500

-- c
NOI published 10/11/11
Project on hold

NV

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

PV

250

 2,290

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

NV

Techren Solar (map)
[Techren]
(Clark)

PV

300

-- c
APPROVED
EA completed
Decision 3/21/13

NV

Mountain View Solar (map)
[NextEra]
(Clark)

PV

20

-- c
APPROVED
EA completed
Decision 2/14/13
NV
Moapa Solar (BIA) (map)   
[RES America]
(Clark)
PV/CSP
200
-- c

NOI published 8/6/12
Draft EIS published 9/6/13

a   Rated total output capacity. Potential output may change depending on the analysis and review of each project. 
b   All listed active solar projects, including those located within a Solar Energy Zone (SEZ), predate the Solar EIS.  
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

AZ

Mohave County Wind Farm (map)
[BP Wind Energy]
(Mohave)
500
 38,099
(includes 2,781
 acres Bureau of
Reclamation land)
APPROVED
NOI published 7/26/10
Draft EIS released 4/27/12
Final EIS released 5/17/13
Decision 6/28/13

CA

Granite Mountain Wind (map)
[Granite Wind (RES America)]
(San Bernardino)

84

2,086

NOI published 8/13/10
Project withdrawn by applicant

CA

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

7,882

NOI published 8/13/2010
Draft EIS pending

CA

Alta East Wind (map)
[Alta WindPower]
(Kern)

153
(includes 27 MW
on private land)

2,592
(includes 593 acres
private land)

APPROVED
NOI published 7/15/11
Draft EIS released 6/29/12
Final EIS released 2/15/13
Land Use Plan Amendment
Decision 5/23/13

CA

Tule Wind (BIA) (map)
[Iberdrola (Pacific Wind)]
(San Diego)

51

-- b
APPROVED
NOI published 12/29/09
Draft EIS released 12/23/10
Final EIS released 12/23/11
Decision 12/16/13

NV

Searchlight Wind (map)
[Duke Energy]
(Clark)
200
 24,382
APPROVED
NOI published 12/16/08
Draft EIS released 1/20/12
Final EIS released 12/14/12
Decision 3/13/13

  Rated total output capacity. Potential output may change depending on the analysis and review of each project.
  Projects on private/Tribal land:  denotes "connected action" projects that will require BLM authorizations for transmission, access, and other off-site facilities. 

   Geothermal Energy Projects 

State

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

CA

Casa Diablo (map)
[Mammoth Pacific (Ormat)]
(Mono)
40

90

APPROVED
NOI published 3/25/11
Draft EIS released 11/16/12
Final EIS released 7/5/13
Decision 8/12/13

NV

Silver Peak (map)
[Rockwood]
(Esmeralda)

5

5

Project suspended by applicant

NV

New York Canyon (map)
[Terragen]
(Pershing)
62

 15,135

APPROVED
Decision 5/30/13

 

 

 

 





 


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