Schwarzenegger, Salazar Sign MOU
To Expedite RE Development In California
Oct 13, 2009 - Solar Industry
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, R-Calif.,
signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with
Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Ken Salazar
in order to expedite the siting of California renewable
The MOU commits the federal government to work with
California on a science-based process for reviewing,
approving and permitting renewable energy applications
in California, which will greatly help the state achieve
its goal of reaching 33% renewable energy by 2020.
The DOI and the California Natural Resources Agency
will develop detailed maps of the best areas for development
and conservation, allowing for expedited project siting
and habitat protection. The agreement also facilitates
the identification of transmission corridors by December
2010 and includes the Department of Defense (DOD)
in the process, because some transmission lines may
need to cross DOD lands.
"With coordinated environmental studies, good land-use
planning and zoning, and priority processing, we can
accelerate responsible renewable energy production
on U.S. public lands in California," says Salazar.
The MOU also expedites projects that are on track
to break ground by the end of 2010 and become eligible
for more than $15 billion in American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act funding.
SOURCE: Office of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger