Sending Office: Honorable Paul A. Gosar
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H.R. 825, the Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act of 2017

Support a true all-of-the-above domestic energy policy

Current Cosponsors (34): Gosar,
Polis, Franks,
Mike Thompson,
, Biggs, Brown,
Cárdenas, Cartwright,
Comstock, Cook,
, DeFazio,
, DelBene,
, Grijalva,
, Huffman,
, Labrador,
, Lieu,
, Lowenthal,
Ben Ray Luján
, McGovern,
, Perlmutter,
, Rosen,
, Schweikert,
, Mike Thompson,
, Tsongas

Endorsements: Western Governors’ Association, National Association of Counties, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, American Fly Fishing Trade Association, American Sportfishing Association, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, Dallas Safari
Club, Mule Deer Foundation, National Marine Manufacturers Association, Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association, Trout Unlimited and countless other organizations.

Dear Colleague:

Renewable energy sources like wind, solar and geothermal are an integral part of the United States’ all-of-the-above energy strategy.  Our nation’s public lands can play a critical role in supporting that mission, but uncertainty in the permitting process
impedes or delays our ability to harness their renewable energy potential.  To address this problem, we reintroduced the Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act.

This legislation streamlines the permitting process for wind, solar and geothermal development on public lands and establishes a revenue sharing mechanism that ensures a fair return for all

Public land management agencies need a permitting process tailored to the unique characteristics and impacts of renewable energy projects.  This bipartisan bill removes government red tape and develops a streamlined process that will drive investment towards
the highest quality renewable sources.

The legislation also establishes a revenue sharing mechanism that ensures a fair return for all. The Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act distributes certain revenues derived
from this Act by returning 25% to the state where development takes place, 25% to the counties of origin, 15% is directed for the purposes of more efficiently processing permit applications and reducing
the backlog of renewable energy permits, and 35% is deposited into a fund for sportsmen and conservation purposes, including increasing access and outdoor recreation like hunting and fishing.

Since federal lands are not taxable, state and local governments deserve a share of the revenues from the sales of energy production on lands within their borders.  These resources will help local governments deliver critical services on important capital
improvement projects such as road maintenance, public safety, and law enforcement.

Our nation’s public lands must play an integral role in our country’s energy future.  We encourage you to support the Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act and help the United States create jobs, make further progress towards energy independence,
and increase recreational access.

To cosponsor this legislation or if you have questions, please contact


Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S                                                                         Jared Polis
Member of Congress                                                                          Member of Congress

Trent Franks                                                                                        Mike Thompson
Member of Congress                                                                           Member of Congress

Related Legislative Issues
Selected legislative information: Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources, Science
Related Bill Information
Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Number: 825
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