Washington, D.C. — Transmission siting authority is fragmented across federal, state, and local governments. This cumbersome process requires a line to receive approval from every jurisdiction in its path – a real challenge for lines that can be hundreds of miles long- resulting in permitting timetables that can last over a decade.

The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) in 2021 strengthened FERC’s siting authority when a state has denied a transmission project’s permit application. Now, FERC is moving to implement these changes.