BLM to Open Renewable Energy Offices

The Bureau of Land Management will establish offices in Arizona, California, Nevada and Wyoming to coordinate renewable energy projects on public land.

According to the BLM, the offices would coordinate the application process for wind, solar, biomass and geothermal projects. It would also coordinate applications for the new power lines needed to move the electricity generated by those renewable projects, according to BLM.

The offices will be run by BLM staff, but also include staff from other Interior agencies, including the Fish and Wildlife Service. Not only will the offices coordinate between Interior agencies, but also with the Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency, BLM said.

BLM expects 10,000 MW of renewable power, apart from hydropower, on public land by 2015.

Source: BLM Press Release

January 16, 2009


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