U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar plans to leave the Department of the Interior (DOI) and return to his home state of Colorado by the end of March. The DOI notes that Salazar has fulfilled his promise to President Barack Obama to serve four years as DOI Secretary.
Under Salazar's leadership, the DOI has played a keystone role in developing a secure energy future for the U.S., the department says. One of his first actions in 2009 was to issue a secretarial order making renewable energy development a top priority.
The DOI has authorized 34 solar, wind and geothermal energy projects on public lands that total 10,400 MW. Salazar also oversaw the development of a comprehensive Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for solar energy development, a blueprint for solar projects in the West.
‘Today, the largest solar energy projects in the world are under construction on America's public lands in the West, and we've issued the first leases for offshore wind in the Atlantic,’ Salazar says. ‘I am proud of the renewable energy revolution that we have launched.’
A new DOI Secretary has not yet been named.