Interior Department Finalizes Plans to Accelerate Wind and Solar Leasing on Public Lands

By [email protected] The federal government owns massive amounts of land out West, much of which is quite windy and sunny. Renewable energy deployments on that land haven’t accelerated much, though, due to a lengthy scrutiny process.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) hoped to change that by releasing a finalized rule Thursday that would speed up leasing for clean energy on pre-cleared plots of land. If this five-year-long rulemaking had wrapped up a week ago, the story would be about how energy companies and environmentalists are reacting to it. Now the pressing question is whether it can survive the presidency of Donald

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