Jewell discusses developing renewable energy on public lands


U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell discussed initiatives to place renewable energy on public lands in a recent speech at the National Press Club luncheon.

In a speech that addressed the department’s conservation agenda, Jewell said it is important to balance development and land conservation as well as encourage development in the right ways and right places. She added it is possible to advance conservation goals while still achieving development objectives.

“We are already seeing this approach work as we seek to meet President Obama’s goal of approving 20,000 megawatts of renewable energy on public lands by 2020,” Jewell said. “It’s a goal toward which my predecessor, Ken Salazar, made huge strides.”

Jewell also discussed specific examples, such as the Interior Department working with California on a plan to help site renewable energy and an effort to protect key caribou habitat at the National petroleum Reserve in Alaska while also making more than 72 percent of the estimated economically recoverable oil available.

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