Public comment invited on proposed Crescent Valley Geothermal Development Project
ELKO – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko District, Tuscarora Field Office, is seeking public input in preparation of an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed Crescent Valley Geothermal Development Project in Eureka and Lander Counties, Nevada. The 30-day public scoping period will open on June 28, 2023, and will close July 28, 2023.
"BLM Nevada has a strong portfolio of renewable energy projects, the Elko District looks forward to receiving public feedback for this geothermal project proposal," said District Manager Gerald Dixon.
The proposed Crescent Valley Geothermal Project considers the construction, operation, maintenance and eventual reclamation of a geothermal energy production facility and associated transmission line totalling approximately 2,040 acres on public and privately leased lands. The transmission line would support an approximate 30-megawatt net rated geothermal power generating facility, operated by Ormat Nevada, Inc.
The project would be developed south of Crescent Valley, Nevada, approximately 50 miles southwest of Elko, and located 25 miles south of Interstate 80 via State Highway 306. More information about the proposed project can be found on BLM’s ePlanning website at: https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2024416/510.
The BLM manages vast stretches of public lands that have the potential to make significant contributions to the nation’s renewable energy portfolio. To promote the development of these energy sources, the BLM provides sites for environmentally sound development of renewable energy on public lands. The efficient deployment of renewable energy from our nation’s public lands is crucial in achieving the Biden-Harris administration’s goal of a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035, as well as Congress’ direction in the Energy Act of 2020 to permit 25 gigawatts of solar, wind, and geothermal production on public lands no later than 2025.
The BLM encourages the public to participate during external scoping by submitting additional information and comments to better inform the National Environmental Policy Act and decision processes for this project. Public comments will be accepted until July 28, 2023. Written comments may be mailed to the BLM, Tuscarora Field Office, Attn: Crescent Valley Geothermal Development Project, 3900 E Idaho Street, Elko, NV 89801, or emailed to BLM_NV_ELDO_TFO_Projects@blm.gov. Comments may also be submitted utilizing the “Participate Now” function at the Project ePlanning page at: https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2024416/510.
For more information, please contact Lucinda Dockstader at (775) 401-1140 or via email at BLM_NV_ELDO_TFO_Projects@blm.gov.
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.