Active Renewable Projects
Renewable Energy Development in the California Desert

DEVELOPING CLEAN ENERGY ON PUBLIC LANDS

The BLM is currently processing dozens of utility-scale renewable energy applications and unlocking new opportunities for renewable energy through new large-scale bulk-electricity transmission.

Applications for wind and solar energy projects may be processed and authorized as rights-of-way under Title V of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended, and Title 43, Part 2800, of the Code of Federal Regulations. Wind and solar projects are authorized under right-of-way leases within designated leasing areas and are authorized under right-of-way grants in areas outside of designated leasing areas. Geothermal energy projects are processed under the Geothermal Steam Act, as amended, and Title 43, Part 3200, CFR, and are authorized under leases and permits.

LIST OF ACRONYMS USED ON THIS PAGE

BLM Bureau of Land Management
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
DNA Determination of NEPA Adequacy
DR Decision Record
EA Environmental Assessment
EIS Environmental Impact Statement
MW Megawatt
NOA Notice of Availability
NOI Notice of Intent
ROD Record of Decision

PROJECTS IN PROGRESS (Updated as of January 7, 2022)

This table represents projects currently undergoing the environmental review process pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). By clicking on the project name, you can visit its ePlanning webpage, where current updates and additional information are available.

The below tables represent 2 renewable energy projects in progress (1 solar, 1 wind, 0 geothermal, and 0 gen-tie) totaling up to 1,500 MW on 81,630 acres.

Solar Energy Projects

State Project Name Potential Output (MW) BLM Acres Status
CA Oberon Solar 500 5,630

NOI Published 3/18/21

EA Released 8/13/21

Wind Energy Projects

State Project Name Potential Output (MW) BLM Acres Status
ID Lava Ridge >1,000 10,000-76,000 NOI Published 8/20/21

PROJECTS APPROVED (Updated as of January 7, 2022)

The BLM has approved the following renewable energy projects so far in Fiscal Year 2022 (October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022). This table represents projects with an approved Record of Decision or Decision Record. By clicking on the project name, you can visit its ePlanning page, where more information about these projects is available. Here is a list of renewable energy projects approved In Fiscal Year 2021 (October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021).

The below tables represent 7 renewable energy projects approved so far in Fiscal Year 2022 (3 solar, 0 wind, 1 geothermal, and 3 gen-ties) totaling up to 1,785 MW on 7,054 acres.

Solar Energy Projects

State Project Name Potential Output (MW) BLM Acres Status
CA Arica Solar Project 265 2,000

EA Released 8/6/21

EA Completed 12/20/21

DR Executed 12/20/21

CA Victory Pass Solar Project 200 1,800

EA Released 8/6/21

EA Completed 12/20/21

DR Executed 12/20/21

NV Luning II Solar 70 400

EA Released 9/23/21

EA Completed 12/17/21

DR Executed 12/17/21

Geothermal Energy Projects

State Project Name Potential Output (MW) BLM Acres Status
NV Dixie Meadows 60 206 EA Released 7/18/16

EA Released 1/21/21

EA Completed 11/23/21

DR Executed 11/23/21

Gen-Tie Energy Projects

State Project Name Potential Output (MW) BLM Acres Status
NM San Juan Solar 600 135

EA Completed 1/5/22

DR Executed 1/5/22

NV Grass Valley Solar 340 2500

DNA Completed 10/20/21

DR Executed 10/20/21

UT Hornshadow Solar 250 13

EA Released 9/29/21

EA Completed 12/7/21

DR Executed 12/7/21

The BLM priority Renewable Energy workload includes dozens of projects that are in the preliminary phases and can be accessed through public LR2000 reports.