UPDATE: U.S. Mayors resolve to cut solar red tape

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Johanna Neumann
Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy

Author: Johanna Neumann

Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy

(413) 256-6434

On staff: 2001-2003; 2005-present
B.S., Tufts University

Johanna directs strategy and staff for Environment America's energy campaigns at the local, state and national level. In her prior positions, she led the campaign to ban smoking in all Maryland workplaces, helped stop the construction of a new nuclear reactor on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and helped build the support necessary to pass the EmPOWER Maryland Act, which set a goal of reducing the state’s per capita electricity use by 15 percent. She also currently serves on the board of Community Action Works. Johanna lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her family, where she enjoys growing dahlias, biking and the occasional game of goaltimate.

At their June 2022 conference, the U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a resolution urging city leaders to "to move swiftly to implement automated online solar permitting platforms, like SolarAPP+, to reduce permit review time for solar energy and energy storage systems."

Environment America Research & Policy Center has recommended streamlining permitting for clean energy for years, including broader adoption of SolarApp, which was a key recommendation in our recent Shining Cities report. Environment America Research & Policy Center sent a letter to the Conference of Mayors' energy committee in advance of the vote, urging them to pass the resolution and enlisted allies to do the same. 

Environment America's Senior Director for 100% Renewable Energy, Johanna Neumann said "Automated online permitting will help cities and states across America reach 100% renewable energy more quickly. Now is the time to lean in, cut the red tape, and sprint towards to goal of repowering our country with clean energy that never runs out."

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Johanna Neumann
Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy

Author: Johanna Neumann

Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy

(413) 256-6434

On staff: 2001-2003; 2005-present
B.S., Tufts University

Johanna directs strategy and staff for Environment America's energy campaigns at the local, state and national level. In her prior positions, she led the campaign to ban smoking in all Maryland workplaces, helped stop the construction of a new nuclear reactor on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and helped build the support necessary to pass the EmPOWER Maryland Act, which set a goal of reducing the state’s per capita electricity use by 15 percent. She also currently serves on the board of Community Action Works. Johanna lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her family, where she enjoys growing dahlias, biking and the occasional game of goaltimate.