Dept. of Interior approves 3 major renewable energy projects

Jun 3, 2013

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced the approval of three major renewable energy projects on public lands. Jewell emphasized her commitment to President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy and said one of her top priorities was to continue the work started by her predecessor, Ken Salazar, to expand the nation’s renewable energy portfolio.  

“Interior has now approved a total of 45 renewable energy projects, including 25 utility scale solar facilities, 9 wind farms, and 11 geothermal plants, including associated transmission corridors and infrastructure to connect to   established power grids. In aggregate, these projects are helping power our nation, strengthen our economy, and diversify our energy portfolio,” said Jewell.

The projects Jewell announced today are in Arizona and Nevada. The DOI approved the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project in Wyoming, about half of which sits on public land, last year.