U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger have signed a memorandum of understanding to streamline sighting and approval of renewable energy facilities on public lands.
The MOU is the first between a state and the federal government to involve energy production. Its aim is to speed around 30 California solar, wind and geothermal projects already in the pipeline. These projects, expected to begin construction by end-2010, are eligible for over $15 billion in federal stimulus funds.
“We know the future is in clean power, clean energy and clean technology,” Schwarzenegger said, “and we are taking action so that California will be able to meet its ambitious renewable energy and environmental goals.”
Schwarzenegger said the MOU would address the slowness of the existing process of siting and approving facilities.
Schwarzenegger wants California to generate one third of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.