Western Region Renewable Energy Markets: Implications for the Bureau of Land Management

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The purpose of this analysis is to provide the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) with an overview of renewable energy (RE) generation markets, transmission planning efforts, and the ongoing role of the BLM RE projects in the electricity markets of the 11 states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington,and Wyoming) that comprise the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) Region. This analysis focuses on the status of, and projections for, likely development of non-hydroelectric renewable electricity from solar (including photovoltaic [PV] and concentrating solar power [CSP]), wind, biomass and geothermal resources in these states. Absent new policy drivers and without the extension ofthe DOE loan guarantee program and Treasury's 1603 program, state RPS requirements are likely to remain a primary driver for new RE deployment in the western United States. Assuming no additional policy incentives are implemented, projected RE demand for the WECC states by 2020 is 134,000 GWh. Installed capacity to meet that demand will need to be within the range of 28,000-46,000 MW.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages58
StatePublished - 2012

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-6A20-53540


  • analysis
  • BLM
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • capacity
  • demand
  • enewable portfolio standard (RPS)
  • generation
  • markets
  • projections
  • renewable energy (RE)
  • transmission
  • WECC
  • Western Electricity Coordinating Council


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