Bureau of Reclamation

The DOI's Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), makes federal lands available for renewable energy development. As of 2007, approximately 14,700 MW of hydro-generation was owned and operated by the BOR. The BOR does not have an official policy for siting wind turbines or wind project

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) developed a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement to evaluate issues associated with wind energy development on western public lands administered by the BLM, including Alaska. The Final EIS was released and approved in 2005.

components on its land, but follows the general guidance provided by national initiatives and directives for promoting wind energy development on federal lands. The National Energy Policy of 2001 directs the Secretary of the Interior to reevaluate access limitations to federal lands to increase domestic production of renewable energy, specifically wind energy, and the Energy Policy Act of 2005 directs the DOI to take actions to promote the development of domestic renewable energy supplies.

The BOR's Reclamation Manual provides guidance for applying for "use authorization" of BOR lands under Directives and Standards LND 08-01. Use authorizations include easements, leases, and permits/licenses for activities on or across lands or interests in lands and water surfaces under the jurisdiction of the BOR. The BOR will grant use authorizations only when the proposed use is compatible with BOR purposes and is consistent with applicable Resource Management Plans. The BOR reserves the right to refuse to authorize any use that may be incompatible with the federally authorized purposes of BOR projects or interferes with BOR's rights or operations.

The BOR has not granted exclusive use authorizations to wind developers for wind measurement or wind project facility development, as are available under the BLM's ROW grant system.

The processing of BOR commercial use applications involves the five steps listed below.

Getting Started With Solar

Getting Started With Solar

Do we really want the one thing that gives us its resources unconditionally to suffer even more than it is suffering now? Nature, is a part of our being from the earliest human days. We respect Nature and it gives us its bounty, but in the recent past greedy money hungry corporations have made us all so destructive, so wasteful.

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