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Renewable Energy - U. S. Department of Energy

Energy issues are beginning to have an impact on recreation as well as daily lives. Recent federal legislation mandates an increase in energy from renewable sources.

Geothermal, solar, and wind are the primary sources of renewable energy being reviewed. The brief descriptions below are from the U.S. Department of Energy:

Geothermal

Geothermal energy is the heat from the Earth. It's clean and sustainable. Resources of geothermal energy range from the shallow ground to hot water and hot rock found a few miles beneath the Earth's surface, and down even deeper to the extremely high temperatures of molten rock called magma.

The Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Program supports the U.S. geothermal industry in providing diversity, and therefore security, in domestic energy supply options. This support also helps the industry maintain its technical edge in world energy markets, thereby enhancing exports of U.S. goods and services and U.S. job growth. Energy works in partnership with U.S. industry to establish geothermal energy as an economically competitive contributor to the U.S. energy supply.

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Wind Energy Site Proposed for Johnson Valley OHV Area

Wind Energy Site Proposed for Johnson Valley OHV Area

Florida Power and Light has begun the permitting process necessary to develop a wind energy power generation site in the Fry Mountains of California's Mojave Desert. The Fry Mountains are located within the boundaries of the Johnson Valley OHV Area operated by the Bureau of Land Management.Key to the permitting process is obtaining the permission of the BLM to construct the complex of 23 towers and necessary infrastructure to support required maintenance. A Federal Register Notice beginning the NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) review is expect in the January-February 2008 timeframe.Johnson Valley is a popular recreation area and home to some extremely popular four wheel drive rock-crawling trails -- Sledgehammer, Jackhammer, Outer Limits are a few of the noted trails.The FPL officials do not expect their turbine towers to have a significant impact on recreation opportunity and no special fences or restrictions are planned. Citing public safety and security concerns, officials do caution that a power sub-station will be constructed that will be fenced.

Download a copy of the project description from: http://www.muirnet.net/Public/content/2007/12/project-description.pdf

Project Description

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In Energy Debate, We Have Met the Enemy and He is Us

This op-ed article appeared in the Grand Junction (Colo.) Sentinel on Thursday, November 29, 2007

In Energy Debate, We Have Met the Enemy and He is UsBy Sally WiselyBLM Colorado State Director

Energy. A highly charged topic these days, literally and figuratively. Whether speaking of oil and gas leasing and development here in Colorado, projected energy supply-and-demand scenarios, conservation, the role of renewable resources or the price at the pump, the issues are complex, challenging and controversial. Perhaps the only thing clear about energy is that using it is a lot more popular than developing it.

As American citizens and Colorado residents, I believe it’s imperative that we engage in a civil, civic dialogue on such a critically important national and state issue. Understanding the environmental, economic, social and national security issues and trade-offs associated with our nation’s energy policies is critical to the dialogue, critical to participating in public processes and ultimately critical to good decision making.

Since Congress has authorized the Bureau of Land Management to manage the federal mineral estate as part of our multiple-use mandate, and provided specific direction on how to do so, the BLM is right in the middle of much of the energy dialogue. This is as it should be, since these lands and energy resources belong to the American people.

Unfortunately, news reports too often give the impression that all energy development in Colorado is taking place on BLM-managed public lands when, in fact, statewide less than 15 percent of new oil and gas wells are on federal lands. Some days it seems that 15 percent of activity receives 100 percent of the coverage!

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Fact Sheet: BLM Colorado November 2007 Oil & Gas Lease Sale

Fact Sheet: November 8, 2007

Contacts: Jaime Gardner 303-239-3681 Denise Adamic 303-239-3671

Fact Sheet: November 2007 Oil & Gas Lease Sale

• 126 parcels totaling about 114, 950 acres of land were offered at the BLM November 8, 2007 quarterly oil and gas lease auction. Of those parcels offered, 112 were sold, totaling 102,989 acres.

• Of the 126 parcels offered, 123 parcels were protested.

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House Concurrent Resolution (H.Con.Res.) 25

HCON 25 IH110th CONGRESS1st SessionH. CON. RES. 25Expressing the sense of Congress that it is the goal of the United States that, not later than January 1, 2025, the agricultural, forestry, and working land of the United States should provide from renewable resources not less than 25 percent of the total energy consumed in the United States and continue to produce safe, abundant, and affordable food, feed, and fiber.IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESJanuary 10, 2007Mr. PETERSON of Minnesota (for himself, Mr. GOODLATTE, Mr. UDALL of Colorado, Mr. WAMP, Mr. POMEROY, Mr. INSLEE, Mr. MOORE of Kansas, Ms. MATSUI, Mr. CONYERS, Mr. BOSWELL, Mr. GILCHREST, Mr. LATHAM, Mr. FORTENBERRY, Mr. CHANDLER, Ms. MCCOLLUM of Minnesota, Mr. THOMPSON of Mississippi, Mr. LIPINSKI, Mr. BACA, Ms. HERSETH, Mr. MORAN of Kansas, Mr. GRIJALVA, Mrs. MCMORRIS RODGERS, Mr. TERRY, Mr. LAHOOD, and Mr. MARIO DIAZ-BALART of Florida) submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce and Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concernedCONCURRENT RESOLUTIONExpressing the sense of Congress that it is the goal of the United States that, not later than January 1, 2025, the agricultural, forestry, and working land of the United States should provide from renewable resources not less than 25 percent of the total energy consumed in the United States and continue to produce safe, abundant, and affordable food, feed, and fiber.Whereas the United States has a quantity of renewable energy resources that is sufficient to supply a significant portion of the energy needs of the United States;Whereas the agricultural, forestry, and working land of the United States can help ensure a sustainable domestic energy system;Whereas accelerated development and use of renewable energy technologies provide numerous benefits to the United States, including improved national security, improved balance of payments, healthier rural economies, improved environmental quality, and abundant, reliable, and affordable energy for all citizens of the United States;Whereas the production of transportation fuels from renewable energy would help the United States meet rapidly growing domestic and global energy demands, reduce the dependence of the United States on energy imported from volatile regions of the world that are politically unstable, stabilize the cost and availability of energy, and safeguard the economy and security of the United States;Whereas increased energy production from domestic renewable resources would attract substantial new investments in energy infrastructure, create economic growth, develop new jobs for the citizens of the United States, and increase the income for farm, ranch, and forestry jobs in the rural regions of the United States;Whereas increased use of renewable energy is practical and can be cost effective with the implementation of supportive policies and proper incentives to stimulate markets and infrastructure; andWhereas public policies aimed at enhancing renewable energy production and accelerating technological improvements will further reduce energy costs over time and increase market demand: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of Congress that it is the goal of the United States that, not later than January 1, 2025, the agricultural, forestry, and working land of the United States should provide from renewable resources not less than 25 percent of the total energy consumed in the United States and continue to produce safe, abundant, and affordable food, feed, and fiber.

Full text and status can be viewed at: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d110:hc25:

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