A landscape image of the Casa Diablo IV geothermal plant consisting of turbines, various steel pipes and tubes. A snowy mountain in the background.

Renewable Energy

Expanding Renewable Energy

Significant portions of BLM public lands have excellent solar, wind and geothermal energy potential, and the BLM works to provide appropriate sites for environmentally sound development of renewable energy on public lands.

As of November 2021, permitted renewable energy projects on BLM-managed lands include 36 wind, 37 solar, and 48 geothermal projects with a total combined capacity of more than 12 gigawatts of power. Such deployment is crucial in achieving the Biden Administration’s goal of a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035, as well as Congress’s direction to permit 25 gigawatts of solar, wind, and geothermal energy production on public lands no later than 2025.

Latest Updates

The BLM has proposed updates to renewable energy regulations. Learn more about the Renewable Energy Rule, how to comment (open through Aug. 15, 2023) and virtual information sessions. 

The BLM is also updating its Solar Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement. For more information, please visit Western Solar PEIS/RMP Project Page.

For more information on the BLM’s efforts to expand renewable energy use, visit our Renewable Energy Program pages below: