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EEI Statement on Infrastructure Executive Orders

WASHINGTON (April 10, 2019) - Edison Electric Institute (EEI) President Tom Kuhn today issued the following statement on President Trump’s executive orders on energy infrastructure.

“EEI and its member companies thank President Trump for his commitment to achieving meaningful progress with our nation’s energy priorities. These executive orders are another example of the President’s ongoing effort to ensure that his administration is efficiently managing the siting and permitting processes across all of the federal agencies.

“Across the country, EEI’s member companies are investing more than $100 billion annually in the smarter energy infrastructure needed to deliver the clean energy future that our customers want and expect. These investments directly and indirectly support good paying jobs in every state. 

“At all levels, energy infrastructure siting and permitting processes for electric transmission and distribution lines and natural gas pipelines often are burdensome, restrictive, and duplicative. The existing processes also create unnecessary and costly delays for companies and their customers, as well as introduce new operational risks. Some of the existing permit application and renewal challenges even impede vegetation and wildfire management, which can impact companies’ ability to deliver safe and reliable energy. This is particularly true for rights-of-way on federal lands, that companies need to access in order to conduct vegetation management.

“We appreciate the focus on developing a master agreement for energy infrastructure rights-of-way renewals and reauthorizations as this will help address some of these challenges.

“We also are pleased that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is directed to update its interim guidance and regulations on Section 401 of the Clean Water Act in order to clarify the scope and timeline for reviews.

“We look forward to working with the federal agencies as they identify ways to update these processes.”

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