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Permitting Reform: How Best to Combine Accelerating the Energy Transition, Protecting the Environment, and Ensuring Fairness

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Robust standards for protecting frontline communities and the environment are critically important, but permitting clean energy projects is often complex, contentious and slow. Finding ways to speed permitting while still ensuring robust standards is necessary if the US is to meet its clean energy goals for 2030 and beyond. However, despite broad agreement that reform is needed, philosophies differ about approach. Should regulations be changed to prioritize some kinds of projects or locations? Can reviews be streamlined in ways that still allow full consideration and broad engagement? Will progress come mainly from changes in regulations or from more collaborative approaches? 

Experts in energy and energy politics from Stanford, government and the private sector will provide insights into the permitting process including how permitting and the environmental assessment process might be improved for completion efficiency and strengthened for environmental and human health and safety outcomes.   


Dan Reicher, Senior Research Scholar, Stanford Woods Institute for Environment

Ana Unruh Cohen, Senior Director for NEPA, Clean Energy & Infrastructure, White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)

Philip Bredesen, former Governor of Tennessee and Founding Chairman, Silicon Ranch

Moderated by Chris Field, Director of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment