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A $1.6 Million Win In America’s Second Offshore Wind Lease Auction

September 5th, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

American offshore wind took another major step forward yesterday with the second-ever competitive lease sale to develop renewable energy in federal waters. A subsidiary of Dominion Virginia Power won the Interior Department's auction to develop 112,800 acres about 23 miles from Virginia Beach with a bid of $1.6 billion.


National Solar Energy Plan Close to Completion, Conservation Groups Support It

January 31st, 2012 | by Guest Contributor

On the heels of President Obama’s State of the Union remarks to expand clean energy development, the Interior Department is moving to finalize the nation’s first solar energy program for public lands with the closing of the public comment period today. Over the past 90 days, the Bureau of Land Management has been seeking input on the Supplemental Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (SPEIS) for solar development on public lands in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. The solar plan has garnered more than 100,000 comments in the past two years from stakeholders across the country advocating for balanced, guided development that would minimize potential impacts on wildlife and sensitive lands, and reduce uncertainty in permitting. Solar companies, major trade associations, utilities and conservation groups also submitted a joint letter to Interior with recommendations to help shape a successful solar program


Tiny Federal Program Will Save Enough Water to Supply a City

May 22nd, 2011 | by Tina Casey

The U.S. Department of the Interior has just announced $24 million in funding for new water conservation projects in western states, some of which will also save energy, too. Proving once again that a little goes a long way, the funds will be split among 54 separate projects, and when you put them all together it adds up to more than 100,000 acre-feet per year. That's enough to provide water for about 400,000 people



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