“Facilitating more renewable energy development on public lands, where resource development has primarily focused on fossil fuels, is an essential component of meeting our climate objectives," Wetstone said. "An improved and streamlined permitting process that considers the host of climate benefits clean energy projects provide would help ease access, accelerating America’s transition to a renewable energy economy."
BLM has notified potentially affected Tribes and has released information about upcoming listening sessions. The agency expects to public proposed rule changes early next year.
BLM has approved more than 11,000 megawatts of wind, solar, and geothermal projects, according to the Wilderness Society. The wind and solar projects alone, once completed, could power approximately 4 million homes.