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State of Utah, Utah

Program: Compatible Use

State of Utah, Utah

Utah Governor’s Office is collaborating with localities and others to develop a process for stakeholders to identify renewal energy sites that are compatible with the mission of military installations across the state.

The Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development (OED), in collaboration with Utah State University (USU) and the Utah Geological Survey (UGS), is working with the state, cities, counties, tribes, and military installations in a study to develop tools that will guide community planners, land stewards and others in energy project sitings that are compatible with the mission of military installations located throughout Utah. The 24-month study is scheduled to be complete in 2019.  The effort will provide a detailed process to help stakeholders identify and develop compatible renewable energy development sites.

Utah is home to a number of military installations, bases, ranges, Military Operation Areas (MOAs) and Military Training Routes (MTRs), along with associated ranges and MTRs for Naval Air Station Fallon and Nellis AFB that extend from Nevada into limited areas of western and southern parts of Utah. In all, these installations comprise 56,489 Department of Defense-owned acres and 1,814,693 total acres in the state, that also coincide with areas of greatest potential for renewable energy development, including solar, wind, geothermal and transmission lines, particularly within western and east central Utah.  Such energy development would most likely impair mission activity at these installations and associated MOAs and MTRs.  This impairment would likely include radar interference, low level flight obstructions, momentary flash glint, continuous source glare, night vision goggle reflection, and electromagnetic interference.  

The following deliverables are anticipated from the study effort:

  • Multi-layer, interactive ArcGIS map that identifies sites for renewable energy development. Will be provided online and as a screenshot in the final report; and
  • Final report, Compatible Siting for Renewable Energy Projects in Utah without Impeding Military Operations will describe sites compatible for renewable energy that do not impede military operations, include images from the ArcGIS map, and provide a description of the regulatory process.

The expected study results and benefits include:

  • List of renewable energy sites that do not impede military testing, training, and operations;
  • Interactive display of renewable energy sites in a multi-layer ArcGIS map;
  • Identification and explanation of the regulatory processes and procedures associated with energy development at the sites;
  • Final report documenting the list of sites and the associated regulatory processes; and
  • Transfer of knowledge and requirements to stakeholders (the military; state, local, and tribal governments; state and federal land stewards) through meetings and partner websites.

Point of Contact:

Shawna Cuan 

Energy Efficiency Program Manager

Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development

(801) 538-8724

Program: Compatible Use

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