The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been conducting Solar Regional Mitigation Strategy efforts since 2012, starting with the Dry Lake SRMS Pilot Project. Information on other complete or ongoing SRMS projects is available through the following websites:
As part of the BLM's ongoing efforts to implement a landscape approach to managing the public lands, the BLM also has released its draft Procedural Guidance for Developing Solar Regional Mitigation Strategies for public viewing. The BLM is conducting outreach to support its SRMS projects with a broad representation of stakeholders, including industry, state and local governments, Tribes, and local communities. A workshop on this topic was convened in Denver, CO in July of 2014. That workshop and other outreach efforts are not necessarily reflected in the draft Procedural Guidance document (available below).
The regional mitigation strategies are conducted in accordance with the BLM's mitigation policy, Manual Section-1794, and Mitigation Handbook (H-1794-1).
For more information contact Michael Hildner, BLM Renewable Energy Coordination Office, Washington D.C., at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As an incentive to develop projects in SEZs, the BLM has begun to establish regional mitigation strategies for all SEZs. Regional mitigation strategies are expected to simplify and improve the mitigation process for future projects in SEZs.
Regional mitigation strategies developed for SEZs will be used to inform leasing decisions and project authorizations within SEZs. They will be developed through a transparent stakeholder and public engagement process. As described in Appendix A, Section A.2.4 of the Final Solar PEIS (PDF, 3.0 MB), the BLM expects that regional mitigation strategies will consist of the following elements: