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This Week at Interior February 21, 2014


February 21, 2014


Two solar energy projects approved for the California-Nevada border; BOR Commissioner  Connor joins President Obama on a visit to drought-stricken California; a look back at more than 50 years of service by former NPS Director Robert Stanton; more. 


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THIS WEEK, AT INTERIOR…

 

SECRETARY JEWELL ANNOUNCED THE APPROVAL THIS WEEK OF TWO SOLAR ENERGY PROJECTS LOCATED NEAR THE CALIFORNIA - NEVADA BORDER, PART OF THE PRESIDENT’S CLIMATE ACTION PLAN TO REDUCE CARBON POLLUTION, CREATE JOBS AND MOVE OUR ECONOMY TOWARD CLEAN ENERGY SOURCES. TOGETHER, WHEN BUILT, THE STATELINE SOLAR FARM PROJECT, AND SILVER STATE SOUTH SOLAR PROJECT, ARE EXPECTED TO SUPPLY 550-MEGAWATTS OF RENEWABLE ENERGY, ENOUGH TO POWER ABOUT 170-THOUSAND HOMES, AND SUPPORT MORE THAN 700 JOBS. THIS WEEK’S APPROVALS BRING to 50 - THE NUMBER OF UTILITY-SCALE RENEWABLE ENERGY PROPOSALS AND ASSOCIATED TRANSMISSION THAT THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT HAS APPROVED ON PUBLIC LANDS  SINCE 2009. TOGETHER, THE PROJECTS COULD GENERATE NEARLY 14,000 MEGAWATTS OF ELECTRICITY, OR ENOUGH TO POWER 4.8 MILLION HOMES.

 

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION COMMISSIONER MIKE  CONNOR ON HAND DURING PRESIDENT OBAMA’S VISIT LAST WEEK TO DROUGHT STRICKEN CALIFORNIA. THE PRESIDENT LAID OUT NEW ACTIONS THE ADMINISTRATION WILL TAKE TO HELP COMMUNITIES IMPACTED BY ONE OF THE STATE’S WORST DROUGHTS IN MORE THAN 100 YEARS, INCLUDING INCREASED FEDERAL AID, AND A CUTBACK ON WATER USE BY ALL FEDERAL FACILITIES.

 

INTERIOR HAS RELEASED THE FIRST PUBLICLY AVAILABLE INTERACTIVE MAP AND DATASET OF THE MORE THAN 47,000 ONSHORE WIND TURBINES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THE NEW TOOL, WHICH WAS DEVELOPED BY SCIENTISTS AT THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY, WILL AID IN LANDSCAPE-LEVEL PLANNING AND RESPONSIBLE RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PRESIDENT’S CLIMATE ACTION PLAN. YOU CAN FIND THE MAP AND THE DATA AT USGS.GOV.

 

AND IN HONOR OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH WE SAT DOWN WITH BOB STANTON, WHO SERVED AS THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE...IT’S A FASCINATING LOOK AT MORE THAN 50 YEARS IN GOVERNMENT SERVICE. YOU CAN FIND THE ENTIRE VIDEO ON OUR YOU TUBE CHANNEL 

 

THAT’S THIS WEEK, AT INTERIOR.