Renewable energy projects will get swift U.S. permitting

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The Bureau of Land Management has chosen 31 renewable energy and transmission projects, including one in Oregon, for expedited permitting in order to make them eligible for stimulus funding.

"They represent the first generation of large-scale renewable energy projects to be carefully sited on public lands over the next several years," said BLM Director Bob Abbey.

…Abbey, the BLM director, said projects were chosen that had demonstrated to the agency that they were far enough along that they could be approved by the end of 2010, making them eligible for federal stimulus dollars.