RAPID/Best Practices

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Best Practices

In its review of regulatory and permitting practices, the RAPID Toolkit team has identified a set of best practices for efficiently permitting renewable energy and bulk transmission projects. Best practices include helpful information such as descriptions, case studies, templates, and how-to information.

Explore the best practices below, or learn how to contribute best practices of your own.


Coordinating Permit Offices for Renewable Energy and Infrastructure Projects

This best practice analyzes the potential use of coordinating permit offices for large infrastructure projects such as power plants and bulk transmission lines.
Bulk Transmission,  Geothermal,  Solar,  Hydropower

Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) for Interstate Transmission Siting

Development of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is a way to formalize the collaborative process between different jurisdictions involved in the transmission siting/permitting process.
Bulk Transmission

Online Permitting Systems

Bulk Transmission,  Geothermal,  Solar

Public Involvement in Renewable Energy and Infrastructure Project Development

This best practice discusses effective and timely communication of all aspects of renewable energy and bulk transmission projects - including the project purpose and need and potential impacts.
Bulk Transmission,  Geothermal,  Solar

Tips for Qualifying Conduit Hydropower Developers

This best practice discusses requirements and available resources for developing qualifying conduit hydropower facilities as authorized under the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013.

Tips for Small Hydropower Developers

This best practice discusses tips for FERC's issuing of an exemption from licensing for small hydropower facilities with only minor environmental effects, including a 10 MW and a conduit exemption.

Tips for Transmission Line Siting and Permitting

Bulk Transmission,  Geothermal,  Hydropower,  Solar