(CARSON CITY, Nev.) June 07, 2022
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak applauds the U.S. Department of the Interior for the announcement of policy and organization updates that will advance clean energy production on public lands and help create more clean energy jobs for Nevadans by establishing a Renewable Energy Coordination Office that will improve the permitting pipeline in the Silver State.
Last week, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland was joined by Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, Rep. Steven Horsford and Governor Sisolak’s Senior Climate Advisor Dr. Kristen Averyt in Las Vegas for the announcement during a clean energy roundtable with industry leaders, stakeholders and community members to discuss ongoing efforts to permit 25 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy on public land by 2025 under the Energy Act of 2020. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Nevada estimates 13 GW, more than half, will be developed in Nevada.
“Nevada has long been a supporter of the targets in the Energy Act of 2020, knowing the tremendous opportunity to develop our bountiful renewable energy resources,” said Gov. Sisolak. “We welcome partnership with BLM Nevada and appreciate their focus on this renewable energy target and the need for these updates and resources in Nevada to help with the permitting pipeline while maintaining balanced reviews that use the best available science. The new BLM policy of reduced rents and fees to promote the greatest use of solar resources will help accelerate our clean energy transition, and I thank BLM for listening to and incorporating state feedback.”