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What to know about DOE’s NEPA shift on clean energy

E&E News’ Brian Dabbs reports on the DOE’s new NEPA proposal.

The C3 Take
  • The Department of Energy (DOE) has released a proposed rulemaking to streamline environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for renewable and transmission projects.
  • While streamlining NEPA regulations is important, the DOE’s proposal is not substantial enough for the size and scope that we need to reduce emissions and improve energy security.
  • Instead of focusing a select few technologies, the federal government should look to improve permitting for all energy and conservation projects.

“‘What the department put out is really barely a drop in the bucket compared to the level of ambition and the size of the challenge that we see,’ said Matthew Mailloux, a policy adviser at the conservative clean energy group ClearPath, in an interview. ‘We would certainly hope that DOE, either through [the final rule] or a future rulemaking, would broaden the number and types of technology that are eligible for this more predictable process.'”

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