DoD-Interior Agreement Opens Way for More Renewable Energy Projects

August 6, 2012

The Interior and Defense departments announced an agreement Monday to pave the way for more renewable energy projects on or near military bases.

Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages more than half of the lands on U.S. military bases, and it has the ability to revoke DoD's rights to use the land if it is not used for military purposes, such as test ranges.

Under a new memorandum of understanding, the departments will identify which federal lands — including those on military bases — can be used for solar, wind and other renewable energy projects.

About 13 million acres of the BLM-managed land on or near military bases in the western United States are high in wind, solar and geothermal resources, according to a news release from the Interior and Defense departments. Other DoD installations along the coasts and in Hawaii can harness offshore wind resources. 

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