As areas with robust wind resources are reaching capacity, today’s wind developers are faced with increasingly complex siting and permitting environments. Access to transmission and wetland issues, combined with noise and aesthetic considerations, make micrositing and early community outreach an increasingly important part of the planning process. E & E combines our comprehensive wind farm permitting knowledge with our experience in permitting linear rights-of-way to serve the needs of the new wind market as we continue to work with clients to repower wind farms in traditional wind resource areas.
The wind industry continues to be at the center of the avian and bird impact issues which require ongoing and continuous consultation with USFWS to meet evolving requirements with responsible science. E & E’s team of biologist and ornithologists works proactively with developers and resource agencies to offer practical solutions based on our extensive experience.
With experience in over 370 wind energy projects in the U.S. alone, E & E has the know-how to guide developers and natural resource agencies through every phase of wind energy projects. Our strategic consulting services help the wind energy industry meet the tight schedules mandated by tax credit legislation, renewable energy portfolio standards, and other economic incentives. We are expert in the development and implementation of public engagement programs designed to engage stakeholders early and identify and address issues proactively throughout the permitting process. We can help you select a site that can be permitted and conduct all of the specialized studies needed to gain regulatory approvals.
- Resource Assessments
- Facility Siting Analysis
- Permit Feasibility Studies
- Field Surveys
- Environmental Permitting & Compliance
- Due Diligence Biological Assessment
- Wildlife Studies
- Avian & Bat Studies
- Noise Monitoring
- Land Use Studies
- Wetland/Habitat Delineation GIS & Mapping
- Visual Impact Analysis, Zone of Visual Influence Mapping
- WindPRO Modeling
- Cultural Resource & Archaeological Surveys Civil Engineering
- Environmental Monitoring During Construction
- Public Outreach & Agency Consultation
- Legal Support/Analysis
For the Solano County Department of Resource Management (the state lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act, E & E prepared the third-party EIR addressing the construction and operation of the 176-MW Shiloh II wind energy plant adjacent to the Shiloh I facility in the Montezuma Hills wind resource area.
E & E conducted an environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) and oversaw the construction of a small wind farm on San Cristobal Island.
E & E investigated the feasibility of developing a wind energy facility on a small portion of the Bethlehem Steel Works. We prepared a Phase I avian risk assessment to address potential project impacts on birds and other avian species.
- Jeff Hammond
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