National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Streamlining and Power Industry Update
- Jan 21, 2019 1:13 am GMT
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Power Industry Update: Utilities and energy developers face a myriad of challenges when trying to site power plants, transmission lines, and other energy infrastructure. Financing, engineering, land acquisition, and permitting are just a few of the challenges utilities and energy developers must address to get an energy project into construction. One of the major permitting challenges is the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA is encountered whenever a federal agency becomes involved with a utility or energy project. This typically occurs when the federal government is providing financing, e.g. through loan guarantees from the Department of Energy (DOE); when crossing federal lands, e.g. land managed by the Forest Service (FS) or the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), or when a federal permit is required, e.g. a Section 404 permit under the Clean Water Act (CWA).
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