Land Art CITY

blm meeting 6.29.16

On Wednesday June 29, 2016 in Las Vegas:

BLM Announces Public Scoping Meetings on Management Plan for Basin and Range National Monument

Comments submitted to the meeting:

The U.S. Department of the Interior and the BLM “are working with local communities, state regulators, industry, and other federal agencies in building a clean energy future by providing sites for environmentally sound development of renewable energy on public lands. Renewable energy projects on BLM-managed lands include wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass projects and the siting of transmission facilities needed to deliver this power to the consumer.”1

“For the years 2016 and 2017, the BLM will process 7 renewable energy projects (5 solar and 2 geothermal) representing 1337 MW, or enough electricity to power over 400,000 homes.” 2

According to Heidi Kyser writing for Nevada Public Radio:

To meet the governor’s mandate to think big about the future of renewable energy in Nevada — and keep up with the rapidly evolving technology in the field a more strategic recommendation that defines where the state is trying to go and how to get there needs to be discussed.  But not the standard RSP (renewable portfolio standard).  

NV State Senator Pat Spearman wants to move beyond RSP

Spearman described renewable portfolio standards as a floor rather than a ceiling. If you require someone to do just so much, that’s all they’ll do, she told Desert Companion.

“You can go back and look at any state, including ours, and see where, when the RPS goal was reached … there hasn’t been a lot of innovative activity to go beyond it,” she says. “And we usually just rest on our laurels: ‘We’ve reached this, so ta da! We’ve arrived.’” 3

The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan has identified that, “in addition to energy conservation, efficiency and distributed generation, there will continue to be a need for utility-scale solar, wind and geothermal projects in the Nevada desert to achieve greenhouse gas reduction goals.” 4

NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) has a program called the Connected Traveler project, it is designed “to boost the energy efficiency of personal trips and the overall transportation system by maximizing the accuracy of predicted traveler behavior in response to real-time feedback and incentives. By pairing transportation modeling with behavior theory, vehicle connectivity, and mobile technology, the system will steer individuals toward energy-efficient travel choices.” 5

According to Scott Tennant writing at LACMA Unframed, “Michael Heizer’s City [located in Nevada’s Basin and Range National Monument] is one of the most significant works of art in the United States…the sculpture is incomplete without the protected surrounding landscape. The solitude of City is part of its power.” 6 

white square cityThe white square in the yellow is CITY

What if the public access to CITY were powered completely by renewable energy from one of the BLM renewable energy installations? The first rest stop would be an eco-resort with an artist residency, the next rest stop has a renewable powered sculptured gallery and the last rest stop is where you rent your electric scooter or car to tour CITY. Little to no fossil fuels on CITY.

Maybe this is Nevada’s chance to move beyond portfolio standards, recognize the cultural value of renewable energy, connect Reno and Las Vegas to CITY and go for the gold by combining culture and sustainable infrastructure.

The visual impact of renewable energy infrastructures, such as wind farms and solar arrays, is becoming more hotly debated. By implementing a 1% for the arts for energy, solar and wind installations on cherished and beautiful BLM lands can serve to increase tourism and bring artists into the process of sustainable land and resource management.

The Land Art Generator Initiative is working to provide custom solutions for cherished places that can inspire people about the beauty of our post-carbon future.

Working with cities, developers, and institutions around the world LAGI is bringing culturally-relevant renewable energy infrastructures to specific sites and projects with a place making and public art approach. By engaging artists and designers in the conceptualization of clean power plants, they are increasing the value of developments while reducing their carbon footprints. By including primary stakeholders and community representatives in the design process from the start, these energy projects avoid the pitfalls of NIMBY and become places where people are proud to live, work, and recreate.7

Renewable Envoy is working with LAGI to bring projects to Nevada.  The result will be aesthetically considered renewable energy powered projects that will interest tourist to new areas in the cities and whole state, increase quality of life for residents, and provide an educational venue to learn about sustainable technologies.

1 http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/energy/renewable_energy.html
2 http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/energy/renewable_energy/2014-15_Renewable_Energy_Projects.html
3 “The end of renewable portfolio standards in Nevada?,” June 14, 2016, by Heidi Kyser with Nevada Public Radio: http://knpr.org/dc-blog/end-renewable-portfolio-standards-nevada
4 DESERT RENEWABLE ENERGY CONSERVATION PLAN (http://www.drecp.org/) PROPOSED LAND USE PLAN AMENDMENT AND FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT
5 http://www.nrel.gov/transportation/sustainable-mobility-initiative.html
6 https://unframed.lacma.org/2015/03/18/protect-michael-heizers-city
7 http://landartgenerator.org

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