02 Aug '11, 2pm

Federal Environmental Permitting of Renewable Energy Projects

Federal Environmental Permitting of Renewable Energy Projects

Finally, renewable energy projects can take longer to permit than conventional projects. Conventional projects may have more environmental impacts, but the nature of those impacts is better understood by agencies and there usually is a long track record of similar projects that agency staff can use as regulatory precedents. Renewable energy projects, on the other hand, often involve new technologies with more uncertain or newer types of impacts, and are proposed for locations where there is less understanding of the existing environment (e.g., offshore waters), both of which makes it harder for agency staff to determine whether the project is environmentally acceptable. Agency staff also may lack examples of earlier-approved projects which they can use as permit templates, and agencies themselves may not have sorted out which agencies are responsible for what type of proje...

Full article: http://www.environmentalleader.com/2011/08/02/federal-env...

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