300 companies oppose FEMA clean energy structural code changes

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318 clean energy companies are calling on International Code Council (ICC) voters to: Reject code suggestions Instead, FEMA has offered a series of compromises that could skyrocket the cost of clean energy projects in the United States.

In the proposed FEMA changes to the 2024 International Building Code S76-22, solar, storage, and wind projects, including facilities such as utilities and power plants, should be placed in the most stringent risk category IV possible. must meet the requirements of

“The stated goal of the FEMA proposal is to make the grid more reliable, but making it unnecessarily difficult to build resilient, clean energy clearly reduces reliability. Thayer“This excess is taking place in an opaque process, without input from experts on economic impact, electricity reliability and climate change. We are therefore urging the SEIA to consider the practical impact of this code and approve the SEIA Compromise.”

According to oral testimony on September 15 and a voter guide mailed to voters by FEMA on October 13, FEMA officials themselves confirmed their support for the proposal put forward by SEIA and endorsed by the Distributed Wind Energy Association. .

This compromise framework (S79-22 and S81-22) includes carve-outs of solar projects designated as Risk Category 2. This includes a modest increase in structural requirements for solar installations without a 30-40% cost increase. Quoted by Roth Capital Partners.

In contrast, FEMA’s proposal calls for clean energy projects, vital to combating climate change, to be built to withstand unnecessarily damaging natural disasters, SEIA said in a press release. Organizations expect the switch to Category IV to cancel tens of gigawatts of clean energy projects.

The voting period for ICC members is from October 17th to November 1st.

Notice from SEIA

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