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BLM's West-wide Wind Mapping Project Documents Posted & Comments Requested


Posted Date: 
October 2, 2014
Contact: 
Eddie Arreola, Supervisory Project-Manager, Bureau of Land Management; Jayme Lopez, Program Lead, National Renewable Energy Coordination Office

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is in the process of evaluating wind energy development potential and resource conflicts for development on public lands across 11 western states, excluding Alaska.  The West-wide Wind Mapping Project is a collaborative effort between the BLM and the DOE Argonne National Laboratory and National Renewable Energy Laboratory to generate maps and geospatial data reflecting wind energy resources on the public lands and identify existing land use exclusions and other potential sensitive resources that may affect wind energy development opportunities.  A stakeholder outreach meeting was held in Denver, Colorado on September 16, 2014 to provide an opportunity for input on this effort.

Preliminary draft handouts and maps resulting from the meeting have been posted on the BLM’s Wind Energy Program website. Materials include (1) a table listing preliminary land use exclusions and other sensitive resources related to wind energy development on BLM-administered public lands and (2) a set of corresponding state maps that reflect the currently identified land use exclusions. Geospatial data is being gathered for the sensitive resources that will be used to develop a mapping tool in the future.

This information is available for public comment and review. As the effort to map wind opportunities and constraints on public land progresses, there will be additional opportunities for stakeholder engagement.

Click Here to Access BLM's Wind Energy Program Website

Eddie Arreola | earreola@blm.gov | (602) 417-9505 OR Jayme Lopez | j06lopez@blm.gov | (202) 912-7547