To meet our goal of 80 percent of electric power coming from low-carbon sources by the end of the decade, we will need to triple the amount of electricity coming from renewables over current business-as-usual forecasts. This rapid buildout of clean energy is essential to sustaining healthy wildlife populations; it will also affect lands and waters that wildlife depend on.
Development on public lands and waters is unavoidable, but it will come with negative impacts to wildlife as well as communities, particularly Tribal Nations. Where possible, we should look for other opportunities for generating clean energy—for example, by removing obstacles to rooftop solar and distributed wind or by prioritizing already degraded sites near existing transmission corridors.
This report discusses the benefits of wind and solar energy, the regulatory landscape, the potential impacts of development to wildlife and nearby communities, and has expanded recommendations for moving wind and solar development forward responsibly.
Responsible development of renewable energy on public lands and waters involves:
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