The Bureau of Land Management currently has more than 40 renewable energy projects in the permitting pipeline, making significant inroads toward meeting President Biden’s onshore green energy goal, a senior Interior Department official said today.
These proposals comprise 23 solar, four wind and five geothermal power projects, as well as five transmission line projects and six gen-tie projects that are needed to connect the projects to the power grid, Laura Daniel-Davis, Interior’s principal deputy assistant secretary for land and minerals management, said during an online symposium celebrating BLM’s 75th anniversary.
“This would bring forward a total of over 17,000 megawatts if all of these projects get permitted,” she said.
That amount of renewable electricity would have the capacity to power roughly 12 million homes and businesses. Biden’s goal calls for permitting 25,000 MW of onshore renewable energy projects by 2025.