Biden to authorize 10 gigawatts of renewables on public land by the end of 2023

The U.S. government is planning to authorize an additional 10 gigawatts of renewable energy projects on public land by the end of 2023 – nearly doubling the current permitted capacity, reports Bloomberg.

The Interior Department made the projection in a report to Congress that shows regulators and developers moving rapidly to advance new wind farms and solar arrays in Arizona, California, Nevada and other western states.

The effort is part of the administration’s push to make the U.S. power sector emission-free by 2035 and permit some 25 gigawatts of solar, wind and geothermal energy production on public lands by 2025.

The department’s Bureau of Land Management said it is processing proposals for 48 solar, wind and geothermal projects on public lands, with anticipation to permit 4,703 megawatts by the start of the next fiscal year at the beginning of October, Bloomberg explains, adding that “staffing constraints and environmental reviews are limitations on the pace”.

Excerpt from Carbon Brief‘s April 21st, 2022 issue.

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