The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) is a Land Use Plan Amendment (LUPA) that balances renewable energy development with landscape conservation. It designates zones where renewable energy can be developed, and reduces hurdles to development in those areas. It also designates swaths of protected landscape known as the California Desert National Conservation Lands.
The Plan was jointly developed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the California Energy Commission, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
It took almost a decade to put together with several rounds of public and stakeholder input, and was finally approved in 2016. However, before it could be implemented, the Trump Administration announced it would reopen the DRECP, throwing the landscape back into uncertainty.
TO DATE: Four years after the DRECP was approved, the desert remains in limbo while Washington drags its feet.