Saturday, November 29, 2008

Utah to Hold Geothermal Land Lease Sale

SALT LAKE CITY: The Utah State Office for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) earlier this month posted the proposed list of parcels for the geothermal lease sale scheduled for Dec. 19 in Salt Lake City.

The list includes 47 proposed geothermal parcels totaling 146,339 acres. The 47 proposed parcels for geothermal leasing are located in Iron, Millard and Juab Counties.

This is the first time since June 2007 that BLM Utah has offered geothermal lease parcels for sale. Utah currently has two geothermal electrical generation power plants located in the central and southwestern portions of the state. BLM Utah and the State of Utah are working together to identify viable renewable energy zones in Utah.

None of these parcels are located in federally designated Wilderness Areas or Wilderness Study Areas because these areas are off-limits to new leasing by law.

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