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The U.S. departments of the Interior and Energy has released its long-awaited blueprint for solar development on 20 million acres of public land in the Western U.S. The following is the most recent coverage from ReWire, a project of KCET-TV about renewable energy in California.
A New Era for Public Lands: Feds Halt Mining Claims in Solar Areas

A New Era for Public Lands: Feds Halt Mining Claims in Solar Areas

Government: Mining interests have had nearly unchallenged access to most public lands since 1872, when Congress passed the General Mining Act and sent it to the white house, where Ulysses S. Grant signed it into law.
Architect of Public Lands Solar Policy to Leave Interior

Architect of Public Lands Solar Policy to Leave Interior

Government: As second-in-command at Interior, Hayes oversaw the implementation of Interior's development of programs such as the Solar Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement and its fast-tracking of wind energy developments on public lands.
REI Exec Sally Jewell Confirmed as Interior Secretary

REI Exec Sally Jewell Confirmed as Interior Secretary

Government: Jewell will inherit an Interior Department with a much sharper focus on aggressive energy development than the one her predecessor took on.
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Groups Sue U.S. Government Over Solar Plan

Groups Sue U.S. Government Over Solar Plan

Solar PEIS: The groups charge that the Bureau of Land Management should have examined alternatives that concentrate development on disturbed lands and in the urban environment, not public lands.
Ken Salazar to Step Down As Interior Secretary

Ken Salazar to Step Down As Interior Secretary

Government: Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has announced that he'll be stepping down from his Cabinet-level position in March. Salazar, a native of Colorado, has helped push the massive development of renewable energy facilities on public lands managed by his Department.
New Leadership for Energy, Interior Departments Possible

New Leadership for Energy, Interior Departments Possible

Solar PEIS: It's widely expected that 2013 will see new Secretaries of Energy and the Interior. What does this mean for public lands renewables policy?
Energy Advocates, Conservationists Split Over Interior Solar Plan

Energy Advocates, Conservationists Split Over Interior Solar Plan

Solar PEIS: Environmentalists react to Interior's approval of its sweeping public lands solar plan.
Interior Approves Public Lands Solar Plan

Interior Approves Public Lands Solar Plan

Solar PEIS: The U.S. Department of the Interior announced today that it had approved an environmental impact statement for developing solar energy facilities on almost 20 million acres of public lands in six states -- nearly a million acres of that in California.
Group Calls For Strict Limits on Solar Power Near National Parks

Group Calls For Strict Limits on Solar Power Near National Parks

Solar PEIS: The National Parks Conservation Association says we should learn from three solar project siting "mistakes" near desert national parks.
Groups File Protests Of Interior Solar Plan

Groups File Protests Of Interior Solar Plan

Solar PEIS: Environment groups file formal protests of the Obama administration's publi lands solar plan.
Riverside Solar Zone Tortoise Habitat Too Widespread to Avoid

Riverside Solar Zone Tortoise Habitat Too Widespread to Avoid

Solar PEIS: There's too much tortoise habitat in the Riverside East Solar Energy Zone to avoid, says the federal government.
Solar Plan Would Open Almost a Million Acres to Development in California

Solar Plan Would Open Almost a Million Acres to Development in California

Solar PEIS: Though the PEIS directs developers to Solar Energy Zones, three quarters of a million acres outside the zones remains available in California.
Enviros Split on Interior Solar Plan

Enviros Split on Interior Solar Plan

Solar PEIS: Environmentalist response to the Obama administration's public lands solar plan has been, like the proposed Solar Energy Zones, all over the map.
Interior Department Releases Final Solar Impact Statement

Interior Department Releases Final Solar Impact Statement

Solar PEIS: The Interior Department releases its long-awaited blueprint for solar development on 20 million acres of public land in the Western U.S.