Chairman Hastings Statement on Report Detailing Economic Benefits of Energy Production on Federal Lands
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First-ever state-wide plan to identify, set aside previously disturbed lands to encourage wind and solar energy development
WASHINGTON, DC -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that Interior has designated 192,100 acres of public land across Arizona as potentially suitable for utility-scale solar and wind energy development, furthering President Obama’s ‘all-of-the-above’ strategy to expand domestic energy production.
The publication of the Record of Decision (ROD) for this initiative, known as the Restoration Design Energy Project, caps a three-year, statewide environmental analysis of disturbed land and other areas with few known resource conflicts that could accommodate commercial renewable energy projects.
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Sacramento, California - State and federal agencies have released an interim document on a plan that will protect important desert habitat and identify low conflict lands for renewable energy development in the California desert.
The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) is an unprecedented collaboration among local, state and federal agencies to streamline renewable energy project and transmission line permitting while conserving biological and natural resources in the California desert.
When completed, the DRECP is likely to be the most significant conservation effort in the desert in the last two decades. It will identify up to 8.5 million acres of the California desert for potential conservation, while strengthening and enhancing special recreation areas and identifying the areas for developing solar, wind and geothermal projects with the least environmental impact.
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