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Published on August 8th, 2012 | by Andrew

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Obama Admin Fast-Tracks 7 Solar/Wind Projects as part of “We Can’t Wait” Renewable Energy Strategy

August 8th, 2012 by  


 
The Obama Administration is putting seven solar and wind energy projects on “fast-track” review for federal permitting and review, part of President Obama’s “We Can’t Wait” strategy for catalyzing further growth in US renewable energy.

Spread across four western states, the projects have been deemed “nationally and regionally significant,” and the Obama Administration has set expedited target dates for completion of the federal review and permitting process. If they pass through successfully, the seven solar and wind projects would add another 5 GW (max rated) of clean, renewable power capacity to the national supply.

The Office of Management and Budget has been put in charge of overseeing the fast-track renewable energy projects that qualify to be included in Obama’s “We Can’t Wait” renewable energy strategy. The motivation is to oversee “a government-wide effort to make the permitting and review process for infrastructure projects more efficient and effective, saving time while driving better outcomes for the environment and local communities,” according to the White House.
 


 

Following are the solar energy projects put on the “We Can’t Wait” fast-track:

The two fast-track wind power projects are:


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