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
The white square in the yellow is CITY