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01-14-22 | News

Federal Government Streamlining Clean Energy Projects

Agencies Announce Memorandum of Understanding

Tommy Beaudreau, Department of the Interior (DOI) Deputy Secretary, says the DOI will play a central role in accelerating clean energy project as they will carry out environmental reviews, conduct consolations with tribal leaders, and assess potential impacts to species.

The United States Departments of the Interior, Agriculture, Defense, Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency announced a Memorandum of Understanding focused on improving coordinating and streamline reviews for clean energy projects. These federal agencies are prioritizing the acceleration the project review process by establishing an interagency coordination teams who will conduct environmental reviews and focus on renewable energy decision making.

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The Department of the Interior explained that these actions are in line with the White House's goal of a carbon pollution free power sector by 2035. They also are supporting Congress' Energy Act of 2020 which aims to permit 25 gigawatts of solar, wind, and geothermal production on public lands by 2025.

"To reach a carbon-free electricity sector by 2035, the United States has to streamline the permitting process to deploy more renewable energy projects," said Deputy Secretary of Energy David Turk. "This Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. Departments of the Interior, Agriculture, Defense, Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency will prioritize and expedite permitting decisions, create new jobs, and protect our Nation's diverse land."

https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/biden-harris-administration-accelerate-reviews-clean-energy-proposals-public-lands

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