The BLM has established three solar energy zones (SEZ) in Utah. These SEZs (Escalante Valley, Milford Flats South, and Wah Wah Valley) constitute more than 18,000 acres identified as sites for solar energy development. Along with the identification of SEZs, the BLM has committed to establishing SEZ regional mitigation strategies (SRMS) to identify potential impacts of solar development in SEZs and identify appropriate mitigation measures and processes to address these impacts. SRMS development will be a collaborative stakeholder process.
The BLM hosted a second public workshop to discuss the SRMS for three SEZs in Utah on December 13, 2016, in Cedar City, Utah. The workshop presentations have been posted to the right, as well as the other workshop materials. Please note, based on the workshop discussions, some changes have been made to the two Wah Wah Valley SEZ tables, the Milford South SEZ impact table, the Escalante Valley SEZ impact table, the goals and objectives, and the candidate site matrix.
BLM requests comments on the revised impact tables, impacts warranting regional mitigation, and goals and objectives by January 31, 2017.
BLM is seeking additional candidate site locations and action recommendations by February 17, 2017. Please include a completed new column(s) in the candidate site matrix for your proposed site(s) when submitting your information. A working version of the matrix is available to the right and includes an example site (see Horse Hollow).
Please email your comments to BLM_UT_Solar_Mitigation@blm.gov.
Questions about the workshop can be directed to Michelle Campeau, Cedar City Field Office, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (435) 865-3047.
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