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Wind Energy Solutions

Acquire Land Rights

Our team of right-of-way agents are highly trained and experienced in land values and landowner negotiations.   Landowners have concerns based on the location of their property, topography and type of operation.  Operators and developers also have various concerns involving expense, access, and timing.  We work closely with the client and landowner to develop an agreement that is satisfactory to both parties and fosters a long-term working relationship.  Contact Monica Griffin at msmith@rsenergysolutions.com  to discuss Right-of-Way issues.

Regulatory Due Diligence Report

Regulatory Due Diligence Reports assist developers in gaining a better understanding of the regulations, environmental issues and constraints of a particular site during the early phases of development. Reagan Smith Energy Solutions, Inc. can work with the client to develop a comprehensive regulatory strategy for the project. The Regulatory Due Diligence Report includes:

  • All permits required for the proposed project
  • Noise Limits (state and local standards)
  • Setback Requirements
  • Floodplain Issues
  • Height Restrictions
  • Zoning Constraints
  • Endangered Species
  • Surface Ownership Concerns

The report also addresses timing issues and obstacles to avoid. Maps can also be provided to assist in project planning including topographic maps, ownership maps, constraint maps, and floodplain maps. Please contact Monica Smith Griffin at msmith@rsenergysolutions.com  for more information.

Environmental Assessments

NEPA directs Federal agencies to thoroughly assess the environmental consequences of "major federal actions significantly affecting the quality of the human environment.”  Not all Federal actions require a full Environmental Impact Statement.  If the action is not likely to cause a significant impact the agency may require an abbreviated document called an Environmental Assessment (EA).  Thus, EAs usually have a determination of “No Significant Impact” or “Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement.”  The purpose of the assessment is to ensure that decision makers consider environmental impacts before deciding whether to proceed with new projects.  Please contact Monica Smith Griffin at msmith@rsenergysolutions.com  for more information.

Endangered Species Act

Activities such as site clearing and wind turbine operations, may result in a take or harm of an endangered species or their habitat.  The Endangered Species Act (ESA) has broader mandates than simply directing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to protect listed plants or animals. It directs all Federal agencies to participate in endangered species conservation. Specifically, Section 7 of the ESA charges Federal agencies to aid in the conservation of listed species (Section 7 (a)(1)) and requires Federal agencies to ensure that their activities will not jeopardize the continued existence of listed species or adversely modify designated critical habitats (Section 7(a)(2)). Therefore, if you are working with any type of Federal agency, section 7 of the ESA requires a survey for endangered species that are listed in the project area. If there is a potential of having a project on Federal or State land contact Monica Smith Griffin at msmith@rsenergysolutions.com for more information.

BLM Wind Farms

BLM Site Specific ROW

The BLM Wind Policy authorizes a private site-specific ROW for site testing and monitoring for individual meterological towers and instrumentation facilities (3-year term).  As with all projects proposed on federally-managed lands, wind energy projects on BLM lands are subject to review under NEPA.  Please contact Monica Smith Griffin at msmith@rsenergysolutions.com for more information.

BLM Testing and Monitoring Grant

The BLM Wind Policy authorizes a private ROW for testing and monitoring with a renewable 3-year term for larger testing and monitoring areas.   As with all projects proposed on federally-managed lands, wind energy projects on BLM lands are subject to review under NEPA.  Please contact Monica Smith Griffin at msmith@rsenergysolutions.com  for more information.

BLM Project Development Grant

The BLM Wind Policy authorizes a private ROW for long-term commercial wind energy projects (unlimited term, generally 30 to 35 years).  As with all projects proposed on federally-managed lands, wind energy projects on BLM lands are subject to review under NEPA.  Please contact Monica Smith Griffin at msmith@rsenergysolutions.com for more information.

BIA and Tribal Wind Farms

The Bureau of Indian Affairs works with tribes to develop renewable energy on tribal lands.  Each tribe is organized with its own treaty and constitution; therefore, there is no standard process.  The level of tribal involvement in relation to the BIA will determine how to develop a proposed wind project on tribal land.  All permitting requirements are reservation-specific.  The developer will still be required to comply with NEPA and other federal regulations.  Our staff works with tribal members and leaders on a daily basis.  We are able to act as a liaison for potential wind projects and provide guidance on proposals.  Our environmental staff is experienced in all aspects of the NEPA process.  Please contact Monica Smith Griffin at msmith@rsenergysolutions.com for more information. 

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