BLM Record of Decision for DRECP LUPA and Final EIS

BLM Record of Decision, Land Use Plan Amendment, and Environmental Impact Statement
Posted September 14, 2016.

BLM Proposed LUPA and Final EIS

BLM Proposed LUPA and Final EIS
Posted November 10, 2015.

Draft DRECP and EIR/EIS

Draft DRECP and EIR/EIS
Posted September 23, 2014. The comment Period was September 26, 2014 through February 23, 2015.

Notice of Availability, Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement for the Draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan

October 9, 2014 - Informational Webinar on the Draft DRECP and EIR/EIS

December 15 & 17, 2014 - Webinars for the Draft DRECP and EIR/EIS

National Environmental policy Act
California Environmental Quality Act

Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the California Energy Commission (Commission) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will initiate the preparation of a joint Environmental Impact Report and Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) and for a possible amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan of 1980, as amended.

The Commission is the lead agency under CEQA for considering approval of the DRECP. The Service and BLM are the federal co‐lead agencies under NEPA. The Service will consider approval of the DRECP as a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) under the Federal Endangered Species Act (FESA). BLM will consider approval of a possible CDCA Plan amendment.

EIR/EIS Documents

NHPA Section 106

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) must comply with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), 54 U.S.C. § 306108, where its actions under the DRECP have the potential to adversely affect historic properties. Based on the size and complexity of the undertaking, the BLM has determined that the development of a Programmatic Agreement (PA) as described at 36 C.F.R.§800.14 (b) is the most appropriate manner to meet its responsibilities under Section 106 of NHPA.

The BLM anticipates that the PA will address potential effects associated with adopting a land use plan amendment (LUPA) regarding possible siting for future utility scale renewable energy projects on BLM land. The BLM is currently identifying and inviting other parties to consult on the development of a PA for this undertaking.