20th July 2024

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

The Bureau of Land Administration (BLM) is initiating the environmental evaluation for the Greenlink North mission and releasing a draft environmental impression assertion for Greenlink West transmission initiatives, which collectively would assist join eight gigawatts of unpolluted vitality to the Western energy grid.

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

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

“Our public lands have a crucial function to play within the clear vitality transition,” stated Bureau of Land Administration Director Tracy Stone-Manning. “To be able to guarantee wholesome public lands sooner or later, the BLM should assist prepared the ground on addressing local weather change.”

The Greenlink West transmission mission would run for greater than 450 miles, connecting Las Vegas to Reno, and offering capability for renewable vitality growth 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 mission’s draft environmental impression assertion and related useful resource administration plan modification. If permitted, the Greenlink West transmission mission is anticipated to have the potential to unlock as much as four gigawatts of renewable vitality.

The discover of intent for the Greenlink North transmission mission, a 232-mile-long, 525 kV transmission line operating by way of 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 impression assertion for the mission. If permitted, the Greenlink North transmission mission might additionally unlock as much as four gigawatts of renewable vitality.

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

The initiation of environmental evaluation for the Greenlink North mission and launch of a draft environmental impression assertion for Greenlink West comply with a number of different main milestones within the Division’s continued progress on clear vitality initiatives, together with: approval of the Sunzia Southwest Transmission Venture in New Mexico; building approval for California’s Daylight Storage II 300 MW Battery Storage System; and subsequent steps within the evaluation of Utah’s Star Vary Photo voltaic Venture and Nevada’s proposed 300 MW Bonanza Photo voltaic Venture.

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

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

The BLM manages huge stretches of public lands which can be making vital contributions to the nation’s renewable vitality portfolio. To advertise the event of those vitality sources, the BLM supplies websites for environmentally sound growth of renewable vitality on public lands. The environment friendly allowing of renewable vitality and transmission from our nation’s public lands is essential in reaching the Biden-Harris administration’s objective of a carbon pollution-free energy sector by 2035, in addition to Congress’ course within the Vitality 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. Photograph by Dennis Schroeder, NREL.


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