Allowing the redesign puts the usual allies on opposite sides

Environmentalists and clean energy groups, historically allied in seeking a rapid expansion of carbon-free energy sources, have opposed the permit review proposal introduced last week by Sen. Joe Manchin III, DW .Go.

The proposal, which is expected to be included in a resolution continuing to vote this week as part of a deal he reached with Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D.N.Y., would be a policy shift that Manchin search for a long time. Following passage of the Climate, Health Care and Taxation Act signed last month, Manchin said a review of permits was needed to build energy projects and infrastructure, including those needed to reduce emissions and achieve climate goals.

After the legislation was released, groups such as the American Council on Renewable Energy and American Clean Power called for its passage.

“Our current permitting system is overly cumbersome and mired in delays, hampering our ability to grow the clean energy economy,” ACP CEO Heather Zichal said in a statement calling on the government. adoption of legislation. “Without these reforms, we run the risk of jeopardizing the deployment of 100 gigawatts of clean energy by 2030, and with that we will also fall short of the job creation and carbon reduction benefits that would come from of these reforms.

Manchin’s bill aims to streamline the process outlined in the National Environmental Policy Act by setting targets for completing environmental impact statements within two years and environmental assessments within one year. It would also require all other permits to be issued within 180 days of completing the NEPA process.