RAPID Toolkit Development Team
The RAPID Toolkit was developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and the Western Governors’ Association (WGA). Additional support is provided by Tetra Tech, Environmental Management and Planning Solutions Inc., Kearns and West, and Herrick Solutions.
Although development was initially funded by EERE and WGA, the success of the RAPID Toolkit depends on feedback and content contributions from developers; federal and state agencies; policymakers; and other stakeholders. Together this community can learn from each other and streamline the process of permitting projects.
EERE's mission is to strengthen America's energy security, environmental quality and economic vitality in public-private partnerships that enhance energy efficiency and productivity; bring clean, reliable and affordable energy technologies to the marketplace; and make a difference in the everyday lives of Americans by enhancing their energy choices and their quality of life.
The Western Governors' Association is an independent, non-partisan organization of Governors from 19 Western states, two Pacific-flag territories and one commonwealth. The Association was formed to provide strong multistate leadership in an era of critical change in the economy and demography of the West. The Western Governors recognize that many vital issues and opportunities shaping our future cross state lines and are shared throughout the West.
NREL is DOE's primary national laboratory for developing renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and practices, advancing related science and engineering, and transferring knowledge and innovations to address the nation's energy and environmental goals.
Aligning With Government Directives
The RAPID Toolkit began in April 2012 as the Geothermal Regulatory Roadmap. The development team has since expanded its efforts to include additional technologies and tools that align and coordinate with these government directives:
- Improving Performance of Federal Permitting and Review of Infrastructure Projects White House Executive Order (March 22, 2012)
- Implementing Executive Order 13604 on Improving Performance of Federal Permitting and Review of Infrastructure Projects: A Federal Plan for Modernizing the Federal Permitting and Review Process for Better Projects, Improved Environmental and Community Outcomes, and Quicker Decisions White House Report (June 2012)
- Modernizing Federal Infrastructure Review and Permitting Regulations, Policies, and Procedures Presidential Memorandum (May 17, 2013)
- Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure: Cutting Timelines and Improving Outcomes for Federal Permitting and Review of Infrastructure Projects White House Report (May 2013)
- Transforming our Nation's Electric Grid Through Improved Siting, Permitting, and Review Presidential Memorandum (June 7, 2013)
- Building a 21st Century Infrastructure: Modernizing Infrastructure Permitting White House Fact Sheet (May 14, 2014)
- Implementation Plan for the Presidential Memorandum on Modernizing Infrastructure Permitting\Steering Committee on Federal Infrastructure Permitting and Review Process Improvement White House Implementation Plan (May 2014).
For more information about related projects, see the Federal Infrastructure Projects Permitting Dashboard.