BLM Unveils Plan for Utility-Scale Solar Development in Western States
January 31, 2024
By Amanda Eggert, Montana Free Press
The Bureau of Land Management this week released a plan to bring utility-scale solar energy projects to five western states that currently lack a framework for permitting such projects. The plan is the result of a year-long effort by the agency to solicit input on what considerations should be foregrounded in the permitting process as it opens federal lands in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Washington and Oregon to solar development.
The BLM, which manages one-tenth of the land in the nation, and 9% of the land in Montana, described the new plan as part of Pre...