Statement from The Nature Conservancy on Sen. Carper’s Draft PEER Act

Proposal adds important elements to the ongoing congressional dialogue on permitting reform

A line of wind turbines along a ridge.
Renewable Future Wind turbines situated on a ridge top in the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia. © Kent Mason

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Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., and other Senate colleagues released the Promoting Efficient and Engaged Reviews (PEER) Act, a draft bill that adds important elements to the ongoing congressional dialogue on permitting reform.

“Senator Carper’s draft bill holds great promise in improving the efficiency of federal permitting while simultaneously benefiting communities and protecting and restoring important natural areas,” said Jason Albritton, North America Climate Mitigation Program Director at The Nature Conservancy. “It accelerates the approval of critical projects that boost the production of clean energy and ensure energy security, including much-needed electric transmission, and promotes important natural restoration initiatives. Furthermore, the bill encourages meaningful community outreach, empowering project site neighbors to provide valuable input.

“The PEER Act is a productive springboard for Congress’s conversation around permitting reform. To address the climate crisis with due urgency while safeguarding the welfare of both people and nature, Congress must enact responsible reforms that accelerate permitting for the infrastructure to address climate change and other critical needs. We look forward to working with Senator Carper and others in shaping permitting reform legislation that helps build a sustainable and resilient future.”

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