The BLM’s new wind and solar leasing rule will guide clean energy projects to low-conflict, pre-screened areas to increase renewable energy on public lands, helping reduce greenhouse gases and the impacts of climate change.
Known as the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, the Obama administration’s proposal will protect 4.2 million acres of wild and vulnerable public land while setting aside specific areas for clean energy development.
The Bureau of Land Management in California has taken a great step forward with its decision to protect a special part of the desert by denying an application for a large-scale solar project in the remote Silurian Valley.
The BLM auctioned a total of 3,000 acres in Nevada’s Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone to three companies, marking the agency’s first successful auction of solar energy development on public lands. Potential solar