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Renewable Energy Development on Federal Lands

San Diego, California USA
March 7-8, 2011

In response to the increased demand for clean renewable energy, the current administration has identified tens of millions of acres of public lands that are suitable for renewable energy development. Despite current approval initiatives and increased agency cooperation, the process of federal lands development remains frustratingly long and complex. As the process of development evolves, it remains imperative that developers and stakeholders have a firm understanding of the laws and a clear strategy of compliance throughout the development process, and that all interested parties are engaged.

This conference will address the new and significant issues facing renewable energy developments on federal lands. Participants will navigate the legal, financial, and technical labyrinth of siting and developing these projects. The conference will guide participants through the complex permitting and environmental review processes while discussing applicable federal and state laws. The conference also will cover substantive law updates on public land access, transmission, siting, and cultural resource issues. Additionally, it will bring together relevant stakeholders to provide a clear guide for successful development projects. Finally, those who have successfully sited development projects on federal lands will provide valuable insights into the process and discuss how to balance the conflicting objectives of energy development and land conservation.

Who Should Attend

  • Renewable energy professionals and consultants
  • Renewable energy project developers
  • Regulatory and public relations staffers
  • Environmental organizations
  • Financial and investment groups
  • Lawyers and legal staff
  • Compliance officers
  • Electric utility procurement, generation, and transmission personnel
  • Siting and permitting professionals

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss new developments in fast-track renewable energy siting
  • Recognize the role of BLM in the permitting and environmental review process
  • Identify best practices for siting and permitting development projects on federal lands
  • Explain cultural resource protection requirements and how to engage local participation
  • Demonstrate how to navigate the permitting and approval process at the state and federal levels
  • Discuss the Programmatic EIS process under NEPA as well as an update on environmental laws impacting the development process
  • Evaluate transmission and interconnection issues
  • Demonstrate the importance of consulting all stakeholders despite federal jurisdiction in order to ensure development stays on schedule and within budget
  • Evaluate the conflicts in siting renewable energy developments on federal lands

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations and case studies will be used in this conference.

Continuing Education Credits

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.1 CEUs for this program.