Build a clean and equitable electricity grid now

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) has a critical role to play in accelerating the transmission infrastructure we need to meet U.S. climate commitments.

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.

To move FERC towards action, Earthjustice and our partners released a set of solutions outlining how the agency can address the transmission bottleneck using its existing legal authorities. These include steps to strengthen transmission planning and interconnection and improve the siting and approval of high priority projects. FERC must continue to implement these 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 act on these recommendations immediately.

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

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