Build a clean and equitable electricity grid

What's At Stake

As we move towards a 100% clean energy future, we need to urgently build more power lines to move clean energy across the country.

Thousands of renewable energy projects in various stages of development are waiting years for approval to connect to the U.S. electric grid. More than 2,000 gigawatts of solar, wind, and battery storage projects are languishing in the queue, according to the Department of Energy. That’s more power than the U.S. currently generates. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently enacted significant reforms that will enable new transmission, connect clean energy projects to the grid, and ultimately result in cheaper electricity and a more reliable grid, even in extreme weather exacerbated by climate change. 

Now FERC must continue to accelerate transmission infrastructure in an equitable way, with policies that support the rapid buildout of a clean, reliable, and affordable energy system across the country. 

FERC has broad authority over the electricity sector, regulating the interstate transmission of electricity, among other things. FERC’s decisions drive investment, shape planning, and will determine how quickly the United States transitions to clean energy — or how much longer we rely on burning fossil fuels. 

In 2023, Earthjustice and our partners released a set of solutions outlining how the agency can address the transmission bottleneck using its existing legal authorities. FERC enacted many of these reforms to strengthen transmission planning and interconnection and improve the siting and approval of high-priority projects. FERC must continue to implement reforms while preventing harm to impacted communities and making sure they are a part of the planning process from the beginning.  

Join us in calling on FERC to continue to implement these reforms. 

Transmission lines in Indiana.
Transmission lines in Indiana. (Photo courtesy of Michael Kappel)

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