SEIA Statement on Permitting Reform Package
Thursday, Sep 22 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following is a statement from Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association on the permitting reform package released yesterday by Senator Manchin.
“The U.S. electric grid is simply not equipped to handle the significant volume of clean energy that is going to be deployed in the next decade after passage of the Inflation Reduction Act. The proposal from Senator Manchin takes important steps to reform processes that will be critical to the growth of clean energy, and the solar and storage industry is particularly supportive of the transmission elements of the package.
“Lack of access to high-voltage transmission lines continues to be a roadblock for delivering clean energy from where it’s generated to the homes and businesses where it’s consumed. This is a fundamental challenge for quickly deploying the clean energy necessary to reduce carbon emissions and save Americans money. The transmission cost allocation provisions in this bill will streamline new transmission approvals without compromising on necessary environmental reviews. SEIA looks forward to continuing our bipartisan work with members of Congress on this and other critical clean energy issues.”
The Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA) is leading the transformation to a clean energy economy, creating the framework for solar to achieve 30% of U.S. electricity generation by 2030. SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies and other strategic partners to fight for policies that create jobs in every community and shape fair market rules that promote competition and the growth of reliable, low-cost solar power. Founded in 1974, SEIA is the national trade association for the solar and solar + storage industries, building a comprehensive vision for the Solar+ Decade through research, education and advocacy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org and follow @SEIA on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
Morgan Lyons, SEIA's Director of Communications, [email protected] (202) 556-2872