If the BLM determines that competition exists outside of designated leasing areas (DLAs), the BLM has the regulatory authority to use competitive bid procedures to resolve competing ROW applications (43 CFR 2804.23). Multiple applications for the same lands can provide an indication of the need to consider a competitive process. The purpose of a competitive process for ROW applications under the regulations is to determine which ROW application would be processed.
The BLM also has the regulatory authority to use competitive bid procedures to offer lands for solar energy development within DLAs, including solar energy zones (43 CFR 2809). The BLM may include lands in a competitive offer within a “designated leasing area” on its own initiative or may solicit nominations for lands to be offered by publishing a call for nominations. A right-of-way (ROW) authorization issued through a competitive process will be issued as a ROW “lease”.