04 Aug '11, 11pm

Will the FAA Furloughs Impact the Wind Industry?: Any structure higher than 200 feet must be considered by the...

Will the FAA Furloughs Impact the Wind Industry?: Any structure higher than 200 feet must be considered by the...

Any structure higher than 200 feet must be considered by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a possible obstruction before it is built. Contemporary utility-scale wind turbines typically exceed the 200-foot limit. Wind project developers therefore routinely submit their projects for obstruction evaluation. “When you submit a filing for obstruction evaluation, there is a preliminary evaluation that the FAA OEAAA analysts do,” explained enXco GIS Program Manager Carl Moczydlowsky. He was referring to the FAA group charged with doing the evaluation. 4,000 FAA employees, including those who do evaluations pertaining to flight standards and airport planning, have been furloughed indefinitely as a result of the Congress failing to extend FAA funding before it left for its summer recess. The OEAAA group, however, remains on the job. The analysts look at flight paths, mil...

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