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    U.S. House Natural Resources Committee unanimously supports Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act

    On November 17, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously supported the Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act (PLREDA) (H.R. 3326) as part of a 12 bill package. PLREDA would expedite the permitting process for wind, solar and geothermal energy development on federal lands. Additionally, the legislation would share 25 percent of revenues with counties that have renewable energy projects within their boundaries, with provisions to ensure that these royalties are supplemental to Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and not a replacement for PILT.

    Counties strongly support renewable energy development, and counties with federal lands are often well suited for alternative energy development projects. However, due to public lands counties’ limited ability to collect property taxes, adequate revenue sharing is crucial for local governments to provide essential services.

    Earlier this year, Supervisor Dawn Rowe of San Bernardino, Calif. testified on behalf of NACo in support of H.R. 3326 at a House Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee hearing. Supervisor Rowe stated that “PLREDA offers a unique opportunity to expand renewable energy projects throughout the United States, while simultaneously promoting economic diversification in rural communities and striking a balance to offset the costs to communities of renewable energy development on federal lands.” She also stressed the importance of PLREDA’s streamlining of the federal permitting process under the National Environmental Policy Act.

    On November 16, Sen. Daines (R-Mont.) introduced companion legislation (S. 3214) in the U.S. Senate. H.R. 3326 will now go to the U.S. House floor for consideration, NACo will keep members apprised of any updates.

    On November 17, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously supported the Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act (PLREDA) (H.R. 3326) as part of a 12 bill package.
    2021-11-19
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    2021-11-19
U.S. House Natural Resources Committee unanimously supports Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act (PLREDA) PLREDA will streamline the permitting process for wind, solar and geothermal energy development while sharing project revenues with impacted counties Counties support renewable energy development projects that offset the costs to communities with federal lands in their borders

On November 17, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously supported the Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act (PLREDA) (H.R. 3326) as part of a 12 bill package. PLREDA would expedite the permitting process for wind, solar and geothermal energy development on federal lands. Additionally, the legislation would share 25 percent of revenues with counties that have renewable energy projects within their boundaries, with provisions to ensure that these royalties are supplemental to Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and not a replacement for PILT.

Counties strongly support renewable energy development, and counties with federal lands are often well suited for alternative energy development projects. However, due to public lands counties’ limited ability to collect property taxes, adequate revenue sharing is crucial for local governments to provide essential services.

Earlier this year, Supervisor Dawn Rowe of San Bernardino, Calif. testified on behalf of NACo in support of H.R. 3326 at a House Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee hearing. Supervisor Rowe stated that “PLREDA offers a unique opportunity to expand renewable energy projects throughout the United States, while simultaneously promoting economic diversification in rural communities and striking a balance to offset the costs to communities of renewable energy development on federal lands.” She also stressed the importance of PLREDA’s streamlining of the federal permitting process under the National Environmental Policy Act.

On November 16, Sen. Daines (R-Mont.) introduced companion legislation (S. 3214) in the U.S. Senate. H.R. 3326 will now go to the U.S. House floor for consideration, NACo will keep members apprised of any updates.

About Aaliyah Nedd (Full Bio)

Legislative Associate

Aaliyah serves as serves as a legislative associate supporting NACo’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs; Environment, Energy and Land Use; and Public Lands Steering Committees, as well as, the Western Interstate Region and Immigration Reform Task Force. She is responsible for providing legislative support for the legislative director, conducting leg

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