Wind Energy & Communication Tower Review

  • Power Line Routing Studies
  • Communication Tower Assessments
  • Wind Energy Pre-Construction Screening
  • Potential Impact Index (PII) Analyses
  • Preliminary and Detailed Wildlife and Plant Studies
  • Post-Construction Surveys

EDM’s expertise in environmental permitting and compliance, avian overhead line studies, and communication tower studies has facilitated the company’s expansion into wind facility review and assessment.  EDM has completed over 60 Avian Protection Plans (APPs) for the electric utility industry.  The wind industry and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are encouraging wind developers to apply similar approaches and measures to prepare applicable protection plans for wind energy facilities to minimize potential effects to birds and bats.  These measures will not only minimize impacts from project construction, operation, and maintenance, they also will aid in complying with key federal legislation, including the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Endangered Species Act, Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, and National Environmental Policy Act.

Wind energy projects on both public and private lands often require federal, state, county, and/or local legislative review.  EDM’s team has experience with the applicable permitting and compliance requirements that are becoming more integral to wind facility planning.  Most importantly, EDM can provide insight for both short- and long-term project planning, encompassing regulatory knowledge, established and proven practices, standardized methods and metrics, and proactive communications.

Environmental issues associated with communication tower permitting, compliance, construction, and operation also are becoming under increased regulatory and public scrutiny.  EDM is part of the national Communication Tower Working Group and has been involved in environmental review and reporting for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and the Clean Water Act.  EDM co-authored a detailed review of avian collision studies with communication towers for the FCC in 2004.  EDM also has conducted post-construction bird collision studies to determine the potential long-term collision risk to birds from tower operation.
Applicable wind energy and communication tower experience includes:

  • Pre-Construction Screening
  • Potential Impact Index (PII) Analyses for Wind Facility Siting
  • Preliminary and Detailed Wildlife and Plant Baseline Studies
  • Federal, State, and Local Permitting and Compliance
  • Section 7 review under the Endangered Species Act
  • Post-Construction Surveys