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The OSB Environmental and Natural Resources Section. The Promise of Development: Natural Resource Issues in a New Economy. May 7-8, 2009. Environmental Permitting and Impacts of Renewable Energy Projects – Focus on Wind. By Jeff Miller and Hong Huynh, Miller Nash LLP. Energy Siting Authority.

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The osb environmental and natural resources section

The OSB Environmental and Natural Resources Section

The Promise of Development: Natural Resource Issues in a New Economy

May 7-8, 2009


Environmental permitting and impacts of renewable energy projects focus on wind

Environmental Permitting and Impacts of Renewable Energy Projects – Focus on Wind

By Jeff Miller and Hong Huynh, Miller Nash LLP


Energy siting authority
Energy Siting Authority Projects – Focus on Wind

  • Energy Facility Siting Council (EFSC) Jurisdiction An electric power generating plant with an average electric generating capacity of 35 megawatts or more if the power is produced from geothermal, solar or wind energy at a single energy facility or within a single energy generation area

  • Optional EFSC Jurisdiction and Local Permit Authority


Energy siting authority cont
Energy Siting Authority (Cont.) Projects – Focus on Wind

  • Environmental Permitting -- EFSC does not have jurisdiction over environmental permits. Siting process, whether through EFSC or the local agency, will require compliance with environmental permitting regulations.


A focus on environmental permits for small wind projects
A Focus on Environmental Permits for Small Wind Projects Projects – Focus on Wind

  • Stormwater - NPDES Construction Stormwater Control Permit (1200-C)

  • Wetlands/Streams - Removal/Fill Permit from Division of State Lands

  • Water Resources

  • Wastewater

  • Onsite Sewage Treatment

  • Air Contaminant Discharge Permits


A focus on environmental permits for small wind projects cont
A Focus on Environmental Permits for Small Wind Projects (Cont.)

  • Noise Aviation

  • Rare Plants

  • Wildlife

  • Cultural Resources

  • Mineral Resources


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