The 2016 Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) Land Use Plan Amendment (LUPA) was developed to:
Renewable energy generation development to be managed under the DRECP ROD is focused in the West Mojave, Imperial Valley, East Riverside and around Barstow, with smaller areas in the southern portion of Owens Valley. The DRECP LUPA ROD amended the following land use plans in California:
The DRECP carried forward the Solar Energy Zones designated through the 2012 Solar PEIS, with some adjustments based on new information, and made refinements to variance lands and exclusion areas. Specifically, the DRECP LUPA defined and identified:
The DRECP also identified a specific set of Conservation and Management Actions (CMAs) designed to achieve the goals and objectives for activities within the LUPA's various land use allocations (CMAs are similar to Programmatic Design Features under the 2012 Western Solar Plan). These measures identify a specific set of avoidance, minimization, and compensation measures, and allowable and non-allowable actions for solar energy development on BLM-managed lands.
In general for DFAs and VPLs, BLM California follows the regulations and process for issuing grants non-competitively, as described under 43 CFR 2800, specifically 2804.12(a)(b) and (c). Under 43 CFR 2802.10(a), the BLM CA may decide to follow a competitive process and issue a lease.