MGA Completes Transmission Regulatory Web Site Expansion Releases State Profiles for Twelve Midwestern States

Washington, D.C. – The Midwestern Governors Association (MGA) is pleased to announce the addition
of 12 Midwestern states to the Regulatory and Permitting Information Desktop (RAPID) Toolkit.
The RAPID Toolkit is a wiki-based web portal that offers one location for agencies, developers, and
industry stakeholders to access state and federal renewable energy and bulk transmission regulatory
processes by using a wiki environment to share permitting guidance, regulations, contacts, and other
relevant information.
“The Midwest is blessed with many sources of energy, which give our states a competitive advantage
when recruiting energy intensive companies, and those that demand renewable energy,” said Kansas Gov.
Sam Brownback. “This one-stop shop for energy transmission information will help our region send more
of our energy where it is needed faster.”
The RAPID Toolkit makes regulatory and permitting information rapidly accessible from one location by
providing links to permit applications, processes, manuals, and related information. The goal of creating
and maintaining this toolkit is to facilitate communication between project developers and permitting
agency personnel, among permitting agencies at all jurisdiction levels, and among all project
stakeholders—including the public.
“This effort again demonstrates the willingness of Midwestern governors to work together to make the
Midwest the best place to live, work, raise a family, and start a business,” said MGA Executive Director
Jesse Heier.
The Toolkit was developed with the support of the Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery
and Energy Reliability and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), who developed and
manages the Toolkit. The Toolkit can be found at