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Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Coordination in Federal Agency Review of Electric Transmission Facilities on Federal Land, October 23, 2009

On October 23, 2009, the Department of Energy and eight other Federal agencies entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to improve coordination among project applicants, federal agencies, states and tribes involved in the siting and permitting process for electric transmission facilities on Federal land. The MOU will improve uniformity, consistency, and transparency by describing each entity’s role and responsibilities when project applicants wish to build electric transmission facilities. Additionally, the MOU designates a “Lead Agency” serving as the single point-of-contact for coordinating all federal environmental reviews necessary to site electric transmission facilities on federal lands.  In most instances, the Departments of Agriculture or Interior will be the Lead Agency, since they have jurisdiction over most of the Federal lands and right-of-ways for proposed electric transmission facilities.