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New guides streamline power plant permitting process

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2002 — Edison Electric Institute’s Alliance of Energy Suppliers today introduced a guide series to help developers save time and money in gaining state approval for permitting a fossil fuel power plant.

“Siting Power Plants: A Guide to the Permitting Process” is now available for nine states, and will soon be available for four more, including, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas.

“With energy demand continuing to increase, the strategic power plant developer is making plans now to take advantage of future sales,” said Richard McMahon, Executive Director of the Alliance of Energy Suppliers. “These guides are essential due diligence tools for the developer in the planning stages to help streamline the permitting process.”

The guides lead developers step-by-step through each state’s unique permitting and licensing process. Developers will find detailed instructions, contacts at applicable state agencies, precedents and strategies, and the documentation necessary for completing the process. The guides also feature fully integrated critical path flow diagrams and Gantt charts to help developers navigate power permitting.

“Developers know that unforeseen difficulties can be serious hurdles in the state permitting process,” said McMahon. “Lost time, resources, and potential sales can total hundreds of thousands of dollars. Our new guide series can help developers: manage the permitting process; bring new staff up- to-speed; avoid expensive regulatory comparison studies, make strategic decisions; and, eliminate days of costly research.”

Using a state guide, a developer can quickly find answers to the following siting and permitting questions:

* WHO — The regulatory agencies, authorities, and offices at the local, state, regional, and federal levels.
* WHAT — Descriptions and specifications of that state’s required permits, approvals, and certifications and the referenced application forms; and,
* HOW — A systematic outline of the application process in that state, including pre-application procedures, critical path management diagrams and Gantt charts, and extensive hyperlinks within the guide and to agency websites. The Guide also clarifies the citizen participation/public involvement process for the developer.
An online demonstration of the guide is available at http://www.eei.org/alliance/

Edison Electric Institute (EEI) is the association of U.S. shareholder- owned electric companies, international affiliates and industry associates worldwide. Our U.S. members serve roughly 90 percent of the ultimate customers in the shareholder-owned segment of the industry, nearly 70 percent of all electric utility ultimate customers in the nation, and generate nearly 70 percent of the electricity produced in the United States.