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Power lines are infrastructure bill’s big climate win

Benjamin Storrow of E&E News reports that power lines are the infrastructure bill’s big climate win.

The C3 Take
  • One of the biggest climate wins of the bipartisan infrastructure bill is a provision that gives authority to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to overturn state objections to power line construction.
  • This is an important ruling as it will streamline the permitting and approval of new power lines that are crucial for the transmission of clean energy.
  • Importantly, this provision does not put additional costs on American taxpayers.
  • In order to strengthen our energy grid we need a smart and efficient permitting process.

“The change has the potential to boost clean energy projects that have run into permitting challenges, analysts said. The infrastructure bill’s package notably came during a week that saw voters in Maine strike down a proposed transmission line intended to carry electricity from dams in Quebec to consumers in New England. The constitutionality of that referendum is being challenged in court.”

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