Projects built in the wrong place or without planning and foresight can result in the loss of wildlife habitat and popular recreation spots.
The Public Lands and Renewable Energy Development Act would:
- Balance the impacts of wind and solar energy projects on public lands by ensuring a portion of revenue generated is reinvested in conservation efforts in local communities.
- Improve the permitting process by directing funds to the Bureau of Land Management to help reduce the backlog of project applications and focus development in areas where projects are most likely to succeed.
- Protect wildlands and wildlife habitat by focusing development away from sensitive areas.
- Fight climate change by putting renewable energy on a level playing field with fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas that are developed on public lands.
If enacted, this bill would enable the U.S. Interior Department to direct money already collected from wind and solar companies to states, counties and important land and wildlife conservation programs.
For example, counties with excellent wind and solar energy potential could benefit from this consistent revenue stream. The Renewable Energy Resource Conservation Fund supported by this effort would help sustain wildlife and recreational uses of public lands for future generations.