Clean Energy Permitting Reform Bills in Congress
Momentum is building across the aisle in Congress
Permitting reform is critical if we’re going to make the clean energy transition happen fast enough to meet our climate targets.
Below are the clean energy permitting reform bills currently in Congress. Though it’s unlikely that any of these exact bills will be passed into law, they demonstrate the variety of ideas lawmakers are considering.
Note that inclusion on this list does not imply an endorsement from CCL. The bills listed are the most prominent permitting reform bills listed in alphabetical order.
A bicameral bill requiring different regions to be able to transfer at least 30% of their peak electricity demand between each other through measures like building new transmission lines, upgrading existing facilities, and improving energy efficiency.
A House permitting bill to speed up the deployment of electricity transmission and clean energy by granting FERC greater authority, while also empowering affected communities to give input into projects.
A House bill that, among other things, would provide early and meaningful community involvement opportunities and require federal agencies to consider cumulative health impacts under the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act in making permitting decisions.
A Senate bill delegating FERC authority over permitting critically important large interstate electrical transmission lines, requiring early community involvement by project developers, and incentivizing communities and project sponsors to negotiate Community Benefits Agreements.
A House energy and permitting reform package focused on increasing domestic energy production, including by eliminating restrictions on fossil fuels and streamlining NEPA review processes.
A Senate bill delegating FERC authority over permitting large interstate electrical transmission lines, supporting meaningful early community engagement, streamlining the NEPA review process, and ensuring that environmental reviews consider cumulative and indirect effects including climate change.
A Senate bill to streamline the agency review process and implement time limits on environmental document reviews and legal challenges.
A Senate bill to implement time limits on environmental document reviews and expand domestic fossil fuel production.
A bicameral bill delegating FERC authority over permitting large interstate electrical transmission lines needed to get more renewable energy to homes and businesses.
The clean energy revolution is ready. We just need to cut some red tape ✂️
We’ve seen many clean energy permitting reform bills this Congress, but we know there are more coming. Members of both parties and the White House are on board with working toward a solution.
It’s our job to keep the conversation going, steer it in the right direction and move it across the finish line.
- Blog: Clean Energy: What’s the Hold Up?
- Blog: Permitting Reform Kicks Off in Congress
- CCL statement on permitting reforms in debt ceiling agreement
- Let’s Reform America’s Clean Energy Permitting Process
- CCL Training: Why Clean Energy Permitting Reform Is An Important Climate Priority
- CCL Training: Comparing Permitting Reform Proposals Across the Political Spectrum
- #CCL2023 June Conference: Perspectives on Permitting Reform