U.S. Department of Energy

    BLM Seeks Comments on Solar and Wind Energy Public Land Leases

    January 18, 2012

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on December 29 published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking about BLM's interest in establishing an efficient, competitive process for issuing right-of-way leases for solar and wind energy development on the public lands. The BLM believes such a process would help ensure fair access to leasing opportunities for renewable energy development and capture fair market value for the use of public lands. Existing regulations limit the competitive process to procedures for responding to overlapping right-of-way applications. The BLM is seeking input on how best to offer public lands through a nomination and competitive process instead of just by right-of-way application.

    The agency will evaluate ways to establish competitive bidding procedures for lands within designated solar and wind energy development leasing areas, define qualifications for potential bidders, and structure the financial arrangements necessary for the process. The announcement in the Federal Register began a 60-day comment period that closes February 27. See the BLM press release and the notice in the Federal RegisterPDF.