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BLM and DOE Analyzing Western Solar

As part of the federal effort to explore renewable energy sources, the BLM and Dept. of Energy are beginning to prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for solar energy on BLM lands in six western states — AZ, CA, CO, NM, NV, and UT.

Part of the PEIS will address 125 applications the BLM has received for solar development. BLM says the potential projects cover about 1 million acres, and could generate 70 billion watts of energy, enough to power about 20 million typical US homes.