Two major pieces of legislation enacted during the Biden Administration – the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) – devote hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade to rapidly increase electrification throughout the United States. While this legislation provides substantial investment in infrastructure, it also demands action from different legal regulators. Renewable energy occupies a much larger land footprint than traditional electric power production. And land-use under the Tenth Amendment is within local and state, rather than federal, jurisdiction. To date, U.S. local land use regulation frustrates such national legislation. This article analyzes how these factors may impact the success of the IIJA and IRA.
Recommended CitationSteven Ferrey, Reading Between the Lines of the IRA + IIJA Power Gaps, 41 Pace Envtl. L. Rev. 17 (2023)
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