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Unveiling, or unleashing, the final Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan for California




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Mirrors or "heliostats" at the eSolar Sierra SunTower power plant in Lancaster, California in the Mojave Desert. The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan would set aside 2,000 square miles of California desert for large-scale renewable energy projects.
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At 11 a.m. tomorrow, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will be in Palm Springs to announce the final version of a plan to open thousands of square miles of public land in the California desert to industrial scale renewable energy projects like wind farms and solar arrays.

The so-called Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) would set aside 2,000 square miles of land administered by the Bureau of Land Management for large-scale renewable energy projects. It would also set aside an additional 7,812 square miles to conserve desert habitat for the desert tortoise, bighorn sheep and other animals.

AirTalk will debate a number of perspectives on how the ambitious plan will impact energy resources, wildlife and the ecosystem, and the big picture balance of environmental costs and benefits.

Guests:

Chase Huntley, director of the Energy and Climate Program at The Wilderness Society

Nancy Rader, executive director of the California Wind Energy Association

Steve Gregory, KPCC’s environment and science editor