The Biden administration revealed Wednesday they will greatly reduce the amount it charges companies to build wind and solar projects on public land – a decision to get renewable energy up and running in Nevada. President Biden said it would cut costs for developers by lowering rents and fees by over half for new and existing renewable energy projects on public lands. President Biden said “It will motivate various industries to partner with various companies who are in the market for solar and wind development as well as encourage and inspire other companies to invest in the clean energy economy.” He said twenty-five thousand megawatts of renewable energy could be applied to public lands by 2025 as part of the Energy Act of 2020.
Renewable energy development on Nevada’s public lands is growing quickly. The Bureau of Land Management has approved twelve renewable energy projects on public lands – more than half of them in the silver state on track to approve wind, solar and geothermal energy projects by the year 2025. Supporters say the project has the capacity to generate over thirty-thousand megawatts of electricity – enough to power nearly 10 million homes
A first draft of the policy was released for public review and comment in 2021 after the Bureau of Land Management was given the go-ahead to reduce rents and fees for wind and solar projects. “Projects for the People.”
The bipartisan infrastructure law passed by the Senate last year will also help Nevada develop more renewable energy by allowing former hard-rock mining sites to be used as solar facilities. “Nevada is an innovation state. We are building the cutting-edge economy of the 21st century. We are developing solutions to some of our most urgent energy and climate challenges,” Cortez Masto said.
BLM Nevada State Director Jon Raby said the agency is committed to “maintaining the integrity of public lands” throughout the development of infrastructure projects on public lands. Raby said the Biden administration has taken “a very very close look” at projects approved during the Trump administration to “ensure they meet the rigorous standards of public involvement, engagement and protection of public lands.” “If those needed to be reviewed further there are actions that can be taken to do that, and the ones that meet the current standards will continue to advance,” said Raby.