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June 15, 2024

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

Western Area Power Administration
White House CEQ Finalizes NEPA Changes, Rolls Back Trump Rule
The White House Council on Environmental Quality finalized a rule meant to modernize the federal environmental review process under the National Environmental Policy Act.
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DOE CITAP Initiative Aims to Permit New Transmission in 2 Years
Under the Coordinated Interagency Authorizations and Permits program, DOE will lead permitting transmission projects and coordinate environmental and permitting processes between federal agencies.
Tennessee Valley Authority
FERC Approves Pipeline to Supply New TVA Cumberland Gas Plant
FERC put the Tennessee Valley Authority one step closer to replacing its Cumberland coal plant with a new natural gas plant when it permitted a new pipeline.
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DOE Proposes Expanding NEPA Exclusions for Clean Energy, Transmission
DOE proposed expanding exclusions for NEPA reviews for clean energy, storage, and transmission projects that are built on previously developed land, in a move welcomed by the renewable energy industry.
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FERC Environmental Justice Chief Explains Commission’s Efforts
FERC Senior Counsel on Environmental Justice and Equity Conrad Bolston explained how the commission has been working to improve its environmental justice efforts in recent years.
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Federal Budgets, Procurements to Include Social Cost of GHGs

President Joe Biden has directed all federal agencies to incorporate the social cost of greenhouse gases into a range of key processes.

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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.
Senate ENR Committee
Members of Congress Debate Transmission Permitting
Congress has been talking about changing permitting laws this year, but its still unclear whether the two parties will be able to strike a deal.
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Debt Deal Weakens Odds for Increased FERC Siting Authority, Glick Tells EBA
Permitting provisions in the recent debt deal weaken the "momentum" for increased FERC transmission siting authority, says former FERC Chair Richard Glick.
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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.

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