Energy

BLM Seeks Comments on Development of Regulations for Competitive Leasing of Solar and Wind Energy on Public Lands

(Jan 7, 2012) - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today published in the Federal Register an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) to give the public background information about the BLM’s interest in establishing an efficient, competitive process for issuing right-of-way (ROW) leases for solar and wind energy development on the public lands. The BLM believes such a process would help ensure fair access to leasing opportunities for renewable energy development and capture fair market value for the use of public lands, as required under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976. Existing regulations limit the competitive process to procedures for responding to overlapping right-of-way applications. The BLM is seeking input on how best to offer public lands through a nomination and competitive process instead of just by right-of-way application.

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Draft PEIS for Solar Energy Development in Six Southwestern States Available

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Department of Energy (DOE) have announced the availability of the Supplement to the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Solar Energy Development in Six Southwestern States.  The BLM and the DOE will hold four public meetings on the Supplement to provide an overview of the document, answer questions, and receive public comments.


The meeting site will open to the public at 6 p.m. The official meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and close after all individuals who wish to speak have been heard. The meeting dates and locations are given below. The specific venues will be announced at least 15 days in advance via local media, the project Web site (http://solareis.anl.gov/), and the DOE NEPA Web site (http://energy.gov/nepa).

  • Las Vegas, Nevada—Wednesday, November 30, 2011
  • Phoenix, Arizona—Thursday, December 1, 2011
  • El Centro, California—Wednesday, December 7, 2011
  • Palm Desert, California—Thursday, December 8, 2011

Click here to read the complete Federal Register Notice

 

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Superstition Mountain Gepthermal NOI Cancelled

The Department of the Navy (DoN) announces the cancellation of its Notice of Intent to prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for the proposed Geothermal Development Program, Naval Air Facility El Centro, Imperial County, CA, as published in the Federal Register, May 5, 2008 (73 FR 87). It has been determined that preparation of a PEIS is not appropriate at this time when considering the current project scale and stage of geothermal energy development at Superstition Mountain on Naval Air Facility El Centro.

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Solar Energy Zone Plan Focus of Public Meetings in Washington, DC, and Six Western States

WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today announced a schedule of public meetings to gather comments on a comprehensive environmental analysis that has identified proposed ‘solar energy zones’ on public lands in the west most suitable for environmentally sound, utility-scale solar energy production.

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