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Federal Land Agency Lags on Solar Development Approvals Across Southwest U.S.

Federal Land Agency Lags on Solar Development Approvals Across Southwest U.S.

Full Title: Federal Land Agency Lags on Solar Development Approvals Across Southwest U.S.
Author(s): Karl Cates, Seth Feaster, Dennis Wamsted
Publisher(s): The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis
Publication Date: June 16, 2020
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Description (excerpt):

The largest property owner in the U.S.—the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)—has acreage set aside for utility-scale solar development on only 0.03% of the roughly 100 million acres it manages across the sun-rich Southwest, finds a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.

The report—Federal Land Agency Lags on Solar Development Approvals Across Southwest U.S.—urges “stronger direction from above” over state- and field-level BLM offices that may otherwise be resistant to approving permits for utility-scale solar installations on public lands.

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