White House Expedites Seven Major Renewable Energy Projects
The Obama Administration on August 7 announced that seven significant solar and wind energy projects in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Wyoming will be expedited. Together, these infrastructure projects would produce nearly 5,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity, enough to power approximately 1.5 million homes.
As a part of a Presidential Executive Order issued this year, the Office of Management and Budget is charged with overseeing a government-wide effort to make the permitting and review process for infrastructure projects more efficient and effective. Among the projects are BP Wind's proposed Mohave County Wind Farm, to be located on about 47,000 acres of public land in Arizona with the capacity to produce up to 425 MW of electricity, and NextEra's proposed McCoy Solar Energy project, a solar photovoltaic array that would be situated on 4,893 acres in Riverside County, California, and would produce an estimated 750 MW of solar energy. See the White House press release.