Without permit reform, the path to clean energy could take a detour

The architects of the Cut Inflation Act opened up a policy roadmap on solar and wind power combined with electric vehicles. But without rapid construction of the transmission lines to connect them, this path could simply lead to increased use of coal and natural gas.

This is the conclusion of a recent analysis conducted by the Rapid Energy Policy Evaluation and Analysis Toolkit (REPEAT), a project led by Prof. Jesse Jenkins from Princeton. The analysis found that if the United States built transmission lines at the rate of the past 10 years (a glacial rate of 1% per year), it would result in more coal and natural gas consumption in 2030 than if the law on reducing inflation focused on green energy had not passed.


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