May 18, 2024

environmental assessments (EAs)

9th Circuit Upholds FERC’s Revisions to PURPA Regulations
A federal appeals court rejected a challenge to FERC’s 2020 revisions to how it enforces the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act.
Maine One Step Closer to OSW Research Lease
Approval would allow Maine to conduct research and surveys where it wants to place an array of floating wind turbines.
Lawmakers, White House Promise More Work on Permitting After Debt Deal
Debt deal limits page counts and time on environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act, but other work remains, and frustrations surface.
Speaker Kevin McCarthy
Debt Ceiling Bill Provides ‘Mini-deal’ on Permitting
A debt ceiling compromise reached by President Biden and House Speaker McCarthy would cut NEPA review times but would not roll back IRA climate provisions.
Lawsuit Against Vineyard Wind over Threat to Whales Tossed
One of the federal lawsuits challenging approval of the Vineyard Wind 1 offshore wind project off the south coast of Massachusetts has been dismissed.
Senate ENR Committee
Senate ENR Searches for Bipartisan Compromise on ‘Permitting Reform’
Sen. Joe Manchin called on colleagues to put politics aside and hammer out a bipartisan bill to accelerate permitting of energy and transmission projects.
Regional Plan Association
NYC Congestion Pricing Plan Gets Federal Go-ahead
The Federal Highway Administration approved the environmental assessment for New York City’s proposed congestion pricing plan.
The White House
CEQ Raises Bar on GHG Analysis in NEPA Reviews
The White House Council on Environmental Quality released updated guidelines for federal agencies performing environmental reviews.
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BOEM Report Clears Way for 1st California OSW Auctions
A new finding by the U.S. Bureau of Energy Management means California could see its first offshore wind lease auctions by the end of the year.
NYC Traffic Congestion Pricing Aims to Tackle Climate, Enflames Emotions
The first national congestion pricing in New York City will charge motorists up to $35, creating economic backlash and environmental justice concerns.

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