WASHINGTON — The Division of the Inside yesterday introduced that it’s taking the subsequent steps towards allowing two proposed transmission tasks, which is able to facilitate elevated renewable power improvement and supply in Nevada.

The Bureau of Land Administration (BLM) is initiating the environmental evaluate for the Greenlink North undertaking and releasing a draft environmental affect assertion for Greenlink West transmission tasks, which collectively would assist join eight gigawatts of fresh power to the Western energy grid.

These tasks signify continued progress within the Biden-Harris administration’s efforts to speed up transmission buildout to decrease shoppers’ power prices, stop energy outages within the face of utmost climate, create good-paying union jobs, and make progress in direction of attaining President Biden’s aim of a 100% clear electrical energy grid by 2035.

“The Division of the Inside is dedicated to increasing clear power improvement to handle local weather change, improve America’s power safety and supply for good-paying union jobs,” stated Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Administration Laura Daniel-Davis. “Beneath President Biden and Secretary Haaland’s management, this Administration is taking an all-hands-on-deck method towards bold clear power targets that can assist households, increase native economies, and assist improve local weather resilience in communities throughout the West.”

“Our public lands have a essential position to play within the clear power transition,” stated Bureau of Land Administration Director Tracy Stone-Manning. “As a way to guarantee wholesome public lands sooner or later, the BLM should assist prepared the ground on addressing local weather change.”

The Greenlink West transmission undertaking would run for greater than 450 miles, connecting Las Vegas to Reno, and offering capability for renewable power improvement in Clark, Esmerelda, Lyon, Mineral, Nye and Storey counties. The discover of availability for Greenlink West opens a 90-day public remark interval on the undertaking’s draft environmental affect assertion and related useful resource administration plan modification. If permitted, the Greenlink West transmission undertaking is anticipated to have the potential to unlock as much as 4 gigawatts of renewable power.

The discover of intent for the Greenlink North transmission undertaking, a 232-mile-long, 525 kV transmission line working by White Pine, Eureka, Lander, Churchill and Lyon counties, begins a 45-day scoping and public remark interval to assist inform the event of the BLM’s environmental affect assertion for the undertaking. If permitted, the Greenlink North transmission undertaking may additionally unlock as much as 4 gigawatts of renewable power.

The BLM goals to finalize the proposed paperwork and develop a report of choice for the Greenlink West undertaking by late 2024, and to launch draft environmental planning paperwork for the Greenlink North undertaking for public remark later this 12 months.

The initiation of environmental evaluate for the Greenlink North undertaking and launch of a draft environmental affect assertion for Greenlink West observe a number of different main milestones within the Division’s continued progress on clear power tasks, together with: approval of the Sunzia Southwest Transmission Undertaking in New Mexico; development approval for California’s Daylight Storage II 300 MW Battery Storage System; and subsequent steps within the evaluate of Utah’s Star Vary Photo voltaic Undertaking and Nevada’s proposed 300 MW Bonanza Photo voltaic Undertaking.

Since 2021, the BLM has permitted 35 tasks (10 photo voltaic, 8 geothermal, and 17 gen-ties) on roughly 23,396 acres of BLM-managed lands. These tasks are anticipated to provide 8,160 megawatts of electrical energy — sufficient to energy greater than 2.6 million properties.

The BLM is at present processing 74 utility-scale onshore clear power tasks proposed on public lands within the western United States. This consists of photo voltaic, wind and geothermal tasks, in addition to interconnected gen-tie strains which are important to scrub power tasks proposed on non-federal land. These tasks have the mixed potential so as to add over 37,000 megawatts of renewable power to the western electrical grid. The BLM can be endeavor the preliminary evaluate of over 150 purposes for photo voltaic and wind improvement, in addition to 51 purposes for wind and photo voltaic power testing.

The BLM manages huge stretches of public lands which are making important contributions to the nation’s renewable power portfolio. To advertise the event of those power sources, the BLM supplies websites for environmentally sound improvement of renewable power on public lands. The environment friendly allowing of renewable power and transmission from our nation’s public lands is essential in attaining the Biden-Harris administration’s aim of a carbon pollution-free energy sector by 2035, in addition to Congress’ path within the Power Act of 2020 to allow 25 gigawatts of photo voltaic, wind, and geothermal manufacturing on public lands no later than 2025.

Courtesy of The Division of the Inside.

Featured picture: The Blue Mountain geothermal plant in Humboldt County, Nevada. Picture by Dennis Schroeder, NREL.


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