US Beats Its Clean Energy Permit Goal A Year Early

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Key Takeaways

  • The US Interior Department has smashed its 2025 clean energy goal.
  • The Biden administration has also finalized a rule to further promote responsible solar and wind energy.
  • Interior Sec. Haaland lauded the achievement and further ambitions on carbon pollution-free power.

The US Department of the Interior has confirmed it has achieved its target to permit 25 gigawatts of clean energy projects on public lands by 2025.

The government has also committed to a final Renewable Energy Rule to achieve further solar and wind power developments in priority targeted areas.

In an official statement, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland stated, “Since Day One, the Biden-Harris administration has worked tirelessly to expand responsible clean energy development to address climate change, enhance America’s energy security and create good-paying union jobs.

“Surpassing our goal of permitting 25 gigawatts of clean energy by 2025 underscores the significant progress we have made in helping build modern, resilient climate infrastructure that protects our communities from the worsening impacts of climate change.”

Secretary Haaland also posted on X  to celebrate the landmark delivery, with a renewed drive to deliver a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035.

Overall, the clean energy projects include solar, wind, and geothermal interests, with the go-ahead given to almost 29GW to date.

That’s enough to power around 12 million homes across the United States, with an additional eight new Solar Energy Zones leased to open up the potential for a further 2.5GW of clean energy.

The work continues in other areas. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is currently issuing new permits for 66 utility-scale clean energy projects on federal lands in the US West. This large-scale project could deliver as much as an additional 32GW of renewable energy.

Altogether, approximately 200 applications for solar and wind operations, and a further 100 applications for solar and wind site testing, are on the table at the BLM.

All of those plans are sitting at the BLM’s preliminary review stage and visible on the public online dashboard.