Pittsfield, Maine – June 14, 2019 – Kleinschmidt Associates, an engineering, regulatory, and environmental consulting firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Wendy Bley, as Senior Regulatory Advisor – Hydroelectric, to the Licensing & Permitting Team.
Wendy has a comprehensive background in environmental planning and management, with more than 25 years of experience in hydropower project licensing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and has managed licensing activities for both conventional and pumped-storage projects. Ms. Bley is highly knowledgeable of regulations and requirements under the Federal Power Act, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, and National Historic Preservation Act. She is experienced in dealing with federal regulatory agencies including the U.S. EPA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, and others. She is also a trained facilitator and experienced negotiator.
“We are honored to have Wendy join the Kleinschmidt team”, says Kelly Larimer, Vice President with Kleinschmidt, “Her extensive experience, knowledge, heart-felt enthusiasm and commitment to the work she does is evident and will be beneficial to our clients as well as our staff.”
“From the first time I stepped inside a hydroelectric project powerhouse and heard and felt that wonderful rumble of water spinning turbines and cleanly, smoothly, reliably, generating electricity, I was hooked”, says Wendy Bley, “I know that there is an important place for hydropower in our energy future that is more than worth preserving and protecting.”
Wendy has an M.S. in Natural Resource Economics from the University of New Hampshire, and B.S. in Biology from George Mason University. She is an active board member of the National Hydropower Association and the Hydropower Research Foundation.
Kleinschmidt Associates performs engineering, regulatory and environmental consulting for North American energy companies and governmental agencies who strive to protect and enhance the natural environment without compromising performance. We work at the intersection of regulatory requirements, environmental science, and engineering solutions to achieve our client’s objectives.