BLM To Establish Offices For Expediting Renewable Energy Development


U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne has issued a Secretarial Order that authorizes the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to establish coordination offices that will expedite the permitting of wind, solar, biomass and geothermal projects, along with needed electrical transmission facilities, on BLM-managed lands.

According to the BLM, this move is aimed at accelerating the development of renewable energy on public lands and advancing the Interior Department's efforts to achieve the goal that Congress set in Section 211 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which calls for the development of 10,000 MW of non-hydropower renewable energy projects on the public lands by 2015.

The energy offices, which will be known as the Renewable Energy Coordination Offices, will be designated by the BLM and initially be located in states where the greatest interest has been shown in renewable energy development: Arizona, California, Nevada and Wyoming.

SOURCE: Bureau Of Land Management

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