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BLM geothermal lease sale for 28 parcels in Southwestern Utah, Dec. 15, 2020

BLM geothermal lease sale for 28 parcels in Southwestern Utah, Dec. 15, 2020 Patua geothermal power plant, Nevada (source: CYRQ Energy)
Alexander Richter 31 Oct 2020

The Bureau of Land Management will hold a geothermal lease sale for 28 parcels all located in the southwest of the State of Utah, U.S..

In a release, this week the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces it will will offer 28 parcels, totaling approximately 67,586 acres, at a geothermal lease sale on December 15, 2020. The parcels are located in Iron, Millard, and Beaver counties on public lands managed by the BLM’s Cedar City and Fillmore field offices.

The public may review the environmental documents, Notice of Competitive Lease Sale, maps of the parcels, and attached stipulations on the BLM Land Use Planning and NEPA Register (ePlanning) at https://bit.ly/2RuLWja.

The BLM contributes to state and local jobs and revenues by providing opportunities for leasing and energy development on public lands. The parcels, if sold, will support well-paying energy industry jobs which contribute to revenues for Utah’s schools and infrastructure projects.

Background

Geothermal leases are for a 10-year period. For each parcel, the bid, rental receipts, and subsequent royalties are disbursed such that approximately 50 percent of the funds are disbursed to the respective state, an additional 25 percent is disbursed to the respective county, and 25 percent remains in the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

The BLM manages public lands for many uses, including sustainable energy development. Each lease, if issued, contains standard stipulations to protect endangered species and cultural resources. After parcels are leased, lessees must submit site-specific proposals for additional in-depth analysis before energy development can begin.

Source: BLM