House Accelerate March Toward Big Energy Package
House representatives are taking action on various bills that are to be part of their sweeping energy and permitting reform package, which is hopped to be voted for by the end of March.
According to E&E News, this bill, which Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.) has introduced in various iterations over the years, will serve as the “cornerstone” of the permitting reform component of a sweeping energy package, according to a senior House GOP leadership aide familiar with the planning.
It seeks to speed up environmental reviews that can currently delay permits for energy projects, including wind and solar, by requiring regulators to rely on existing “reliable” data rather than conduct lengthy new research; allowing project sponsors to assist in conducting environmental reviews; and limiting lawsuits that would slow down processes.