Today, the House Natural Resources Committee will begin marking up the Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act of 2017 (H.R. 825).
The bipartisan legislation would create priority areas for renewable energy development on public lands, ensuring more certainty and efficiency for projects, while limiting environmental and community impacts. The bill would also create a conservation fund to reinvest revenue from renewable energy projects back into affected communities, as well as into fish and wildlife habitat conservation and recreation on public lands.
The Wilderness Society issued the following statement from Alex Daue, assistant director of energy and climate:
“At a time when the Trump administration is promoting fossil fuels above all other uses of our public lands, it is refreshing to see bipartisan support for responsible renewable energy development.
“The bill creates greater opportunity for our public lands to be a part of a cleaner, more sustainable energy future by supporting local communities and economies, promoting recreation access, and respecting wildlife and habitat. This is an idea whose time has come – we are glad to see this bill moving forward.”