A Brighter Future: Shifting the Way We Develop Renewable Energy on Public Lands

Wind and solar energy have taken off in recent years, playing an important and growing role in meeting America's energy needs. Renewable energy has numerous benefits -- from strengthening our economy to reducing our reliance on fossil fuels; from making our country more secure to providing pollution-free energy. As the impacts from climate change worsen with each passing year, replacing fossil fuels with clean, renewable energy will be imperative to the protection of wildlife and wildlands.

Achieving a clean energy future will take a range of approaches that emphasize improving energy efficiency and deploying renewable technologies at small and large scales. In recent years, the Department of the Interior and our public lands have begun to play a central role in this energy transition.

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