December 3, 2023

U.S. Department of the Interior

BOEM Approves Empire Wind
Empire Wind is the sixth commercial-scale offshore wind farm to receive approval from the federal government following BOEM's approval.
Biden Admin. to Auction First OSW Leases in the Gulf of Mexico
The Biden administration will auction the first offshore wind leases in the Gulf of Mexico — about 300,000 acres that can produce 3.7 GW — on Aug. 29.
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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Western States Agree on Plan to Sustain Colorado River Flows
Governors of California, Arizona and Nevada have agreed to a three-year water conservation plan aimed at protecting the drought-stricken Colorado River system.
TransWest Express
TransWest Express to Break Ground After BLM Approval
Developers of the Western Interconnection’s largest transmission project in decades can begin construction after getting the go-ahead from the BLM.
Interior Proposes 1st Lease for Offshore Wind in Gulf of Mexico
The Department of the Interior proposed the first auction for leases to build offshore wind farms in the Gulf of Mexico.
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EEI Welcomes ‘Clean Slate’ on Permitting
EEI officials are optimistic they can win bipartisan support for siting and permitting legislation in Congress after the failure of Sen. Manchin’s proposal.
BOEM Rule Updates Aim to Streamline OSW Permitting
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced plans to streamline permitting for offshore wind projects and reduce BOEM's role in safety enforcement.
Biden Pick for BLM Head Sidesteps Oil, Gas Leasing Questions
Four nominees for key energy and land management positions faced a confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday.
Haaland Commits to Balanced Approach to Energy
Fossil energy will continue to play a major role in the U.S., nominee for secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland, told senators.

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