Benjamin Storrow of E&E News talks about the permitting challenges that clean energy is facing.
- The New England Clean Energy Connect, which will connect a hydroelectric dam in Canada to New England’s power grid, has recently received approval to begin construction after years of permitting battles and litigation.
- Despite Maine’s state supreme court ruling in favor of the project, the approved permits could be revoked again, which is giving uncertainty to the developer.
- The cost of the project has also increased due to the regulatory roadblocks that the developer had to face.
- In order to build out clean energy infrastructure, the government must modernize the U.S.’ permitting process.
“The 146-mile transmission line, known as NECEC, is supplied by hydroelectric dams that have prompted concerns among environmentalists for their land-use impacts. But the project is a pillar of New England’s attempts to green its power supplies by reducing the region’s reliance on natural gas and slashing its carbon dioxide emissions.”
Read the full article here.