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April 16, 2024

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Feds Cut Renewable Costs, Boost Fossil Costs on Public Land
The federal government has finalized rules that will decrease the cost of siting renewable energy generation on public land and increase the cost of leasing it for oil and gas development.
Lithium Americas
LPO Announces $2.26B Loan to Nevada Lithium Processing Plant
With site preparation now complete, Lithium Americas is estimating a three-year construction period at Thacker Pass, with the mine and plant producing at full capacity in 2028.
U.S. Bureau of Land Management
Feds Update Solar Development Roadmap in West

The Department of the Interior is proposing to designate 22 million acres of public land in the West as suitable for solar development.

Nevada Vanadium Mining Corp.
Study Examines Critical Minerals Potential in West
Western Interstate Energy Board member states backed the research project exploring the region's potential for supplying the minerals needed for U.S. energy transition.
Ormat Technologies
Nevada Geothermal Auction Fetches $1M for BLM
As part of its efforts to lease land for renewable energy production, the Bureau of Land Management auctioned leases for 33 geothermal parcels in Nevada.
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Community Engagement Key to Moving Transmission Projects Ahead

Transmission developers discussed the obstacles to getting their projects permitted and built, but also focused on successes, with a strong focus on community and stakeholder engagement.

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BLM Holds Record-breaking Solar Auction in Nevada
The Bureau of Land Management auctioned four parcels in the Amargosa Desert in southern Nevada for solar development, raising a record-breaking $105 million.
TransWest Express
TransWest Express Transmission Line Breaks Ground
Developers held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the TransWest Express line, intended to carry 3 GW of wind power from Wyoming to California.
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BLM Seeks to Slash Fees for Solar, Wind on Public Land

The U.S. Department of Interior has a plan to empower BLM to cut fees for solar and wind projects on public lands in the West.

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Democrats Make the Case for Updating Permitting Laws at ACORE
Democratic officials told ACORE that a package emerging from House Republicans is a poor start to addressing permitting concerns.

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