DOI, USDA Report Highlights Renewable Energy Efforts

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The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) submitted a report to Congress that details the development of renewable energy on public lands.

The joint USDA and DOI report, ‘New Energy Frontier – Balancing Energy Development on Federal Lands,’ responds to congressional interest regarding the development of renewable and conventional energy from federal lands and Outer Continental Shelf areas.

‘To increase our energy security and to help reduce costs for American consumers, we must continue our balanced and comprehensive approach to energy development on public lands and waters,’ says Ken Salazar, secretary of the DOI. ‘The New Energy Frontier report describes the milestone progress we are making in harnessing America's solar, wind and geothermal potential, while also supporting safer and more environmentally responsible conventional energy development.’

The report documents the progress made to date and the Obama administration's plan of action for continued initiatives to ensure accountability, efficiency and responsibility in the management of federal energy resources.

Among other initiatives, the report described the administration's efforts to spur the development of environmentally responsible commercial-scale wind, geothermal and solar projects in the West and to open appropriate areas of the Atlantic Ocean to wind turbine farms.

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