Full Title: NASEO Best Practices Review: Streamlined Renewable Energy Permitting Initiatives
Author(s): Andrew Perchlik
Publisher(s): National Association of State Energy Officials
Publication Date: 11/2013

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Description (excerpt): 

Eager to take advantage of the growing potential of renewable energy, State Energy Offices are exploring innovative ways to reduce the soft costs associated with renewable—solar, wind, geothermal, hydro— projects. Complicated permitting processes are a major contributor to these costs, often adding weeks, months, or even years to a project development timeline; costly delays that ultimately drive up the price per kilowatt. In order to maximize the potential for abating the soft costs associated with renewable energy permitting processes, NASEO identified three best-practice streamlined renewable energy permitting initiatives in Colorado, Hawaii, and Vermont, to provide a reference for other states.