BLM Final Rule Streamlines Renewables On Public Lands

Law360, New York (November 18, 2016, 3:01 PM EST) -- Tara Kaushik

Stephen Humes On Nov. 10, 2016, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued its final rule governing solar and wind energy development on public lands. The rule creates a new leasing program that uses competitive processes and incentives to encourage development of preferred areas for solar and wind energy, called “designated leasing areas” (DLAs), within the 700,000 acres of public lands identified in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.

Solar and Wind Rule

Among other provisions, the rule:

provides financial incentives to developers, including less frequent adjustments to rent and longer phase-ins for other fees, including megawatt...

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