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Harvesting Clean Energy

How California Can Deploy Large-Scale Renewable Energy Projects on Appropriate Farmland

Ethan Elkind

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Harvesting Clean Energy

‚ÄčCalifornia will need to steer the development of large-scale renewable energy facilities on agricultural land toward lands that do not deplete the state's prime agricultural and biological resources. Key policy recommendations contained in the report include the development of criteria for the most suitable agricultural lands for renewable energy deployment, expedited environmental review and endangered species permitting for projects on these lands, and coordinated state and local land use planning and transmission investments to encourage development on these sites.