Thursday, August 10 (Washington, D.C.) — Today, the Department of Energy released a proposed rule to reform federal transmission permitting under the authority of the Federal Power Act Section 216(h). The proposal would establish DOE as the lead agency to coordinate all federal permits, allow applicants to receive a single environmental impact statement, and set firm two-year deadlines for all agency decisions, among other provisions. ACEG Executive Director Christina Hayes issued the following statement:
“ACEG strongly supports DOE’s action to improve coordination and transparency in the federal permitting process. Implementing a one-stop-shop for agency reviews and setting strict deadlines for this process will represent a fundamental leap forward from the current system, which requires applicants to juggle each agency’s timeline separately and can sometimes delay a project by years. The nation needs more transmission, and we need it as soon as possible to improve electric reliability and lower costs for American households. This rule will get us closer to the finish line.”
About Americans for a Clean Energy Grid:
Americans for a Clean Energy Grid (ACEG) is a non-profit, broad-based public interest advocacy coalition focused on the need to expand, integrate, and modernize the North American high-capacity grid. ACEG brings together a diverse coalition — including business, labor, consumer, environmental groups, and other transmission supporters — to advocate for policies that recognize the benefits of a robust transmission grid. For more information, please visit cleanenergygrid.org.
Hannah Schuster, Communications Associate
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