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June 19, 2002

BLM Finds Renewable Energy Potential in Eleven Western States

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently issued its draft report on the renewable energy resource potential for power production on federal lands. The report notes 64 public land areas in 11 western states that have a high potential for power production from one or more renewable energy sources, and of those, 19 land areas in 6 western states could draw on three or more renewable energy sources.

The report, prepared in partnership with DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, examined the potential for power production using concentrating solar power, photovoltaic solar power, biomass power, wind energy, and geothermal energy. As part of the report, BLM identified 31 "top-pick" geothermal energy sites located in 17 land areas in five western states.

The BLM released the report for public comment in May, and comments are due by July 12th. See the draft report.