The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan Essay

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What is the DRECP? When Obama was elected President of the United States, he promised to protect the environment we live in. His Climate Action Plan set out to increase energy efficiency, reduce carbon pollution and expand of renewable energy sources. To accomplish a part of this, the government announced approval of an action plan, the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan ‘DRECP’. The DRECP is a landscape-level plan focusing on renewable energy and conservation on 22.5 million acres of California desert land. The plan stretches over seven California counties, including Los Angeles, San Diego and San Bernardino. The DRECP was developed in a joint effort by government agencies such as, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Local governments, renewable energy developers and environmental organizations were also involved. The DRECP goals could be split up into three major categories. For renewable energy development, the Plan hopes to identify a common planning goal of producing 20,000 megawatts by 2040, involving a range of different renewable energy technologies. To locate new renewable energy development focus areas with suitable energy resources as well as updating existing renewable energy sites. DRECP’s focus for the ecological side is to “preserve, restore, and enhance natural communities and ecosystems and conserve sensitive species” (What is DRECP, 2016). As well as to locate development focus areas on disturbed lands with little
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