Western Governors urged Congressional leadership this week to pass the Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act of 2017, which enables the sharing of revenues derived from renewable energy leasing on federal lands with impacted states and counties.
States and counties incur costs, such as road maintenance, during the development and operation of renewable energy projects located on federal lands. Congress recognized this burden in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, when it created a program for the sharing of revenues from geothermal energy production on federal lands.
The letter -- signed by WGA Chair, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and WGA Vice Chair, and South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard – was sent on May 11, 2017 to House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rep. Rob Bishop and Ranking Member Rep. Raul Grijalva, and Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Ranking Member Sen. Maria Cantwell.