Biden’s administrative policy change could make solar and wind projects profitable

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I have an idea It’s on the air (or at least on my air) that Nevada has enough sunny federal land to power the entire United States.

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Some very rough preliminary calculations suggest that this is possible, requiring just over 11% of Nevada’s federal land. None of this includes room for storage batteries or the massive transmission wires needed to export it all—both would greatly increase footprint—and such a concentrated setup would not be very sustainable or environmentally friendly.

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The thing is, there is space! The federal government owns a lot of land in sunny and windy places other than Nevada.

So why don’t we have more solar and wind power on public lands?

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The Biden administration hopes to remove at least one checkpoint. This week the Ministry of the Interior announced A 50% reduction in rent and capacity fees (a fee determined by the amount of electricity produced) to encourage the development of solar and wind energy in the federal states. (For some reason, geothermal is not popular in this policy change.) Utility-scale wind and solar projects can incur millions of dollars a year in rent, so the increase could be significant.


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