A dramatic increase in renewable energy and transmission infrastructure is needed to enhance reliability, lower energy costs, and maximize the benefits of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). A key barrier to transmission expansion is the often lengthy permitting process that includes compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
ACORE supports reforms to NEPA that improve its efficiency while maintaining bedrock environmental protections, including reforms that avoid duplicative environmental studies, time limits for environmental studies and judicial review, and provisions that assure meaningful community engagement and sufficient resources for permitting agencies. Streamlining the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s backstop siting authority is also an important step to accelerate transmission permitting.
Additional policies to foster expanded transmission include planning and cost allocation reforms, the establishment of a minimum transfer requirement between regional transmission organizations, and the enactment of a new tax credit to spur investment in high-voltage transmission.
Macro Grid Initiative
The Macro Grid Initiative promotes investment in a 21st century transmission network that will drive job growth, reduce pollution, and save American consumers money.