A briefing to the incoming energy minister says the country was electrifying further while relying more on intermittent generation such as wind and solar.
Energy Minister Simeon Brown said the scheme was a "hugely wasteful project".
Why on Earth is the Government announcing this, asks Lloyd Burr.
The fast-tracked process reduces consenting time by an average of 18 months per project.
The report found energy hardship decreased slightly since 2012 across all five measures.
Switching off the power for some is a "last resort", but it may be needed to prevent the risk of a grid collapse.
"We want to cut red tape and help achieve these aspirations."
Woods said the government was continuing to look at other options
"We are conscious that the people in these regions have been through a lot in recent weeks."