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DOI/BLM RIN: 1004-AE78 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Rights-of-Way, Leasing and Operations for Renewable Energy 

The proposed rule would revise the BLM’s regulations for rights-of-way, leasing, and operations related to activities associated with solar and wind energy development.  The Energy Act of 2020 and section 207 of Executive Order 14008 prioritize the Department of the Interior’s need to improve permitting activities and processes to facilitate increased renewable energy permitting and production on public lands.

Agency: Department of the Interior(DOI)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: None     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 30 U.S.C. ch. 23    43 U.S.C. 1733    43 U.S.C. 1740    43 U.S.C. 1763    30 U.S.C. 185 and 189    Pub. L. 109-58    Division Z, Pub. L. 116-260    E.O. 14008    ...   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need:

The principal purpose of these amendments is to facilitate responsible solar and wind energy development on public lands managed by the BLM. The rule will adjust acreage rents and capacity fees for solar and wind energy, provide the BLM with more flexibility in how it processes applications for solar and wind energy development inside designated leasing areas, and update agency criteria on prioritizing solar and wind applications. The rule will also make technical changes, corrections, and clarifications to the existing right-of-way regulations.

Summary of the Legal Basis:

30 U.S.C. ch. 23, 43 U.S.C. 1733, 43 U.S.C. 1740, 43 U.S.C. 1763, 30 U.S.C. 185 and 189, Public Law 109-58 Division Z, Public Law 116-260, E.O. 14008.

Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/16/2023  88 FR 39726   
NPRM Comment Period End  08/15/2023 
Final Action  04/00/2024 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Ben Gruber
Deputy Assistant Director, Energy, Minerals, and Realty Mgmt.
Department of the Interior
Bureau of Land Management
1849 C Street NW,
Washington, DC 20240
Phone:951 269-9548