While State regulations may vary slightly in content, the intent of environmental regulations is the same throughout the United States. In all cases the intent is to identify and protect natural resources all while allowing responsible development. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regulates the dredging and filling of water bodies (including wetlands) of the United States and requires that all projects permitted either minimize unavoidable wetland impacts or avoid impacts all together. In order to limit potential impacts to natural resources, which may also increase federal or State mitigation requirements, a detailed survey of natural resources should be completed early in the planning phases of any potential wind project. A thorough knowledge and analysis of the alternatives and permitting process is an underlying necessity in any successful wind energy development project.
Kleinschmidt has worked with state and local regulatory agencies to permit renewable energy projects since the 1970s. Our comprehensive knowledge of environmental policies and regulations coupled with our extensive natural resource science and engineering background, allows for a multidisciplinary approach to assessing and permitting projects. We help wind developers navigate the regulatory process to reduce permitting timelines in an environmentally responsible manner with a goal of bringing projects online sooner.
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