Acting Deputy Secretary Daniel-Davis highlights DOI's clean energy progress in Nevada

BLM issues final environmental analysis for Greenlink West transmission line


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Acting Deputy Secretary of the Interior Laura Daniel-Davis (center) stands with BLM Nevada State Director John Raby (left of her) and NV Energy CEO Doug Cannon (right of her) with members of their respective staffs stand for a group photo next to a NV Energy substation outside Las Vegas, Nevada.
Acting Deputy Secretary of the Interior Laura Daniel-Davis (center) stands with BLM Nevada State Director John Raby (left of her) and NV Energy CEO Doug Cannon (right of her) with members of their respective staffs at a NV Energy substation outside Las Vegas where the Greenlink West Transmission Project is proposed to connect. Photo by BLM.

LAS VEGAS – Acting Deputy Secretary Laura Daniel-Davis visited Las Vegas today to highlight the Biden-Harris administration’s significant progress in meeting President Biden’s ambitious clean energy goals. She joined Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Nevada State Director Jon Raby to announce the completion of the final environmental analysis of the proposed Greenlink West Transmission Project, a series of transmission lines that would connect Reno and Las Vegas, helping deliver clean energy from the Nevada desert to the Western electric grid. If completed, the project, which crosses approximately 470 miles of BLM-managed public land, could transmit up to 4,000 megawatts of clean energy, enough to power at least 1.2 million homes.

The Department recently announced that the BLM has now permitted more than 25 gigawatts of clean energy projects – surpassing a major milestone ahead of 2025 – enough clean energy to power more than 12 million homes across the country. This includes solar, wind and geothermal projects, as well as gen-tie lines on public lands that are essential for connecting clean electricity projects on both federal and non-federal land to the grid. 

“Large-scale transmission projects are key to the Biden-Harris administration’s goal of moving our nation towards a clean energy future with good-paying jobs and healthy local economies while tackling the climate crisis,” said Acting Deputy Secretary Daniel-Davis. “Working with states, Tribes and partners across the American West, we are taking bold steps to build the infrastructure that will get us to a 100% clean electric grid by 2035.” ;

“Our public lands play a key role in addressing the climate crisis,” said BLM Director Tracy Stone-Manning. “The BLM will continue to deliver on that promise, protecting healthy landscapes and restoring lands to health while permitting the infrastructure we need for the clean energy economy of the future.”

President Biden’s Investing in America agenda is growing the American economy from the middle out and bottom up – from rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure, to driving over $860 billion in private sector manufacturing and clean energy investments in the United States, to creating good paying jobs and building a clean energy economy that will combat the climate crisis and make our communities more resilient.

The Greenlink West Transmission Project, proposed by NV Energy, includes the construction, operation and maintenance of a system of new electric transmission facilities crossing Clark, Esmeralda, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Storey and Washoe counties. The project would also include expansions of four substations and construction of two new substations to help bring clean energy to the Western grid. Under the BLM’s preferred alternative, the line would run through regions of the state with potential for clean energy development and would connect Nevada clean energy to the California electric grid.  

As of May 30, 2024, the BLM is currently processing 67 utility-scale onshore clean energy projects proposed on public lands in the western United States. This includes solar, wind, and geothermal projects, as well as interconnected gen-tie lines that are vital to clean energy projects proposed on non-federal land. These projects have the combined potential to add 30,926 megawatts of renewable energy to the western electric grid. The BLM is also undertaking the preliminary review of approximately 190 applications for solar and wind development, as well as 88 applications for wind and solar energy testing.

A Notice of Availability will publish in Friday’s Federal Register for the associated final environmental impact statement and resource management plan amendments, beginning a 30-day protest period that ends on July 15 and a 60-day Governor’s consistency review that ends on August 13. Input received during this time will inform a Record of Decision expected later this year. 

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.