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.
Government: The White House has announced its choice for the new head of the Bureau of Land Management, and the nomination may well signal an intent to continue the aggressive development of renewable energy facilities on public lands that has characterized the Obama administration's energy policy over last five years.
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.
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.
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Government: Jewell will inherit an Interior Department with a much sharper focus on aggressive energy development than the one her predecessor took on.
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.
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?
Solar PEIS: Environmentalists react to Interior's approval of its sweeping 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.
Solar PEIS: The National Parks Conservation Association says we should learn from three solar project siting "mistakes" near desert national parks.
Solar PEIS: There's too much tortoise habitat in the Riverside East Solar Energy Zone to avoid, says the federal government.
Solar PEIS: Though the PEIS directs developers to Solar Energy Zones, three quarters of a million acres outside the zones remains available in California.
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.