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October 23, 2002

Facing Increasing Interest in Wind Power, BLM Announces New Policy

With companies showing a growing interest in developing new wind energy projects in the West, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced a new wind energy policy on October 17th. The new policy provides guidance on the timely processing of wind energy right-of-way applications and addresses BLM requirements for land use planning, environmental reviews, and authorization of wind energy projects, as well as land rental fees for such projects.

The BLM, an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior, currently administers 25 wind energy right-of-way authorizations on public lands in California and Wyoming. The sites cover roughly 5,000 acres of land and produce about 500 megawatts of wind power. However, the BLM has recently received about 30 new applications for wind energy projects in Nevada, Idaho, New Mexico, California, Wyoming and Washington. See the BLM press release, which links to the full policy.