LAS VEGAS, Nev.— Yesterday, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland met with Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, and Bureau of Land Management Nevada State Director Jon Raby for a roundtable discussion on the Biden Administration’s priority of developing 25 gigawatts of renewable energy on public lands by 2025 and achieving a carbon pollution-free power sector.
Nevada is a leader in renewable energy – specifically solar power – and with more than 85 percent of Nevada’s lands held publicly – generating renewable energy on public lands is a key part of Biden’s climate plan.
In reaction to the roundtable, Paul Selberg, executive director of the Nevada Conservation League, issued the following statement:
The Nevada Conservation League applauds Secretary Haaland and Senator Cortez Masto for working together on a plan to reach our clean and renewable energy goals while balancing the protections and the conservation of our state’s stunning public lands. Nevada’s public lands contain some of our nation’s best wind, geothermal, and solar opportunities and by carefully locating these developments, we can invest in local economies by creating new jobs and infrastructure while combating the climate crisis. More specifically, the Nevada Conservation League worked closely with previous administrations on the development of “Solar Energy Zones” to identify the best places for clean and renewable energy developments. Because of these efforts, Nevada has led the way in this balanced approach, with seven of the 12 projects approved in 2021 being right here in our state. It’s truly a credit to the hard work of environmental leaders like Senator Cortez Masto and Secretary Haaland for charting a clean, renewable, and conservation-minded future.