Implementation

Four major products and the overall schedule (PDF file, 187kb) are being developed under the direction of the REAT:

  1. Best Management Practices and Guidance Manual (PDF file, 281 pages, 28 mb): Desert Renewable Energy Projects has been completed.
  2. Draft Conservation Strategy that clearly identifies and maps areas for renewable energy project development and areas intended for long-term natural resource conservation as a foundation for the DRECP. (Please see the DRECP Framework Conservation Strategy and starting point maps.)
  3. Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan — a joint state and federal Natural Communities Conservation Plan (NCCP) and part of one or more Habitat Conservation Plans (HCP).
  4. DRECP Draft and Final joint state and federal Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement.

Independent Science Advisors provided independent scientific input into the Conservation Strategy and the DRECP the final report.

The DRECP is a Natural Community Conservation Plan (NCCP), which will help provide for effective protection and conservation of desert ecosystems while allowing for the appropriate development of renewable energy projects. It will provide long-term endangered species permit assurances to renewable energy developers and provide a process for conservation funding to implement the DRECP. It will also serve as the basis for one or more HCPs under the Federal Endangered Species Act.

To oversee the implementation of the DRECP, a Renewable Energy Action Team (REAT) was formed consisting of the California Energy Commission, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) were signed by the participating agencies. Others joining the team include the California Public Utilities Commission, California Independent System Operator, National Park Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Defense.

A DRECP Stakeholder Committee has been established to inform the state and federal REAT agencies on the development of the DRECP and to provide a forum for public participation and input. The stakeholders represent the interests of the counties in the desert region, renewable energy developers, environmental organizations, electric utilities, and Native American organizations. Specific working groups, comprised of DRECP Stakeholder committee members, have been established and meet regularly to address specific issues such as covered species, covered activities, resource mapping, and cultural resources.

Please see the Resources page for the products developed under this process.

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