“Covid Relief Bill Opens Rush for Renewables on Federal Land”

“President-elect Joe Biden’s ambitious climate agenda got a shot in the arm with the Covid relief bill, environmental attorneys say, particularly with provisions that will open up wide swaths of federal land to renewable energy development.

The measure, which President Donald Trump signed into law on Sunday, requires by 2025 an increase of at least five times the amount of solar, wind and geothermal energy production currently on federal land. It also creates a new office in the Bureau of Land Management to coordinate renewable energy permitting among all federal lands agencies, including those in the Interior and Agriculture departments.

Biden’s climate plan calls for the U.S. to achieve 100% clean energy and net-zero emissions by 2050.”

Bobby Magill reports for Bloomberg Environment December 28, 2020.