US Bureau of Land Management publishes final rules to implement SEIA solutions

The US Bureau of Land Management has published final rules to govern leasing and rental rates for renewable energy projects on US public lands, closely following recommendations from the Solar Energy Industries Association to streamline clean energy development on federal lands. 
US Bureau of Land Management publishes final rules to implement SEIA solutions
Courtesy of NREL.

The new rules will:

Reduce rents and fees for renewable energy projects through 2035 and eliminate duplicative payments for renewable energy developers;

Extend lease terms for renewable projects to 50 years;

Remove competitive leasing requirements in priority development areas; and 

Make it easier to develop standalone energy storage projects on public lands. 

“The US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) [has] codified SEIA’s recommendations to make it faster, easier, and cheaper to build clean energy projects on public lands” said Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of SEIA. “We need to pull every lever we can to efficiently deploy clean energy, and our nation’s public lands remain an untapped resource. BLM’s new rules are a smart step forward and will help to reverse decades of preferential treatment for fossil fuel interests. We commend BLM for working alongside the solar and storage industry to deliver thoughtful rules that will help us strengthen the grid and deliver reliable clean energy to more consumers. We will continue to push for pragmatic solutions that will help us achieve our ambitious clean energy goals.”

For additional information:

Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

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