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Bayonne Energy Center
Bayonne Energy Center

The Bayonne Energy Center Project involved the construction of a new energy efficient 512 MW electric generating facility on a brownfield site in Bayonne, New Jersey and installation of a new 6.5 mile, 345 kV AC submarine electric transmission cable system between Bayonne, New Jersey and the Gowanus Substation in Brooklyn, New York.
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ESS has demonstrated exceptional skill and professionalism in assisting us with some very challenging engagements. I feel confident that when ESS is representing us, we have the smartest people in the room on our team.

Michael Bartoszek, President & CEO, Laidlaw Energy Group, Inc.

Electric Transmission

Hundreds of Miles of Electric Transmission Experience

Transmission LineESS has been the lead environmental consultant for more than 700 miles of electric transmission systems. We understand the physical equipment and technology involved in transmission project development and the implications for permitting. Our Energy Team participates in state and regional working groups on electric distribution and ISO practices and policy. This team is familiar with the arrangement and constraints of the regional grid and system interconnection requirements.

Finding an Electric Transmission Route

ESS has the in-house expertise to evaluate routing and installation constraints for a variety of terrains, environmental conditions, and land use settings. Recent ESS projects have involved routing, specialized installation, and restoration strategies for:

  • Contaminated soils and sediment conditions
  • River, stream, and waterbody crossings
  • Sensitive cultural and historic resources
  • Rare and endangered species habitat
  • Sensitive visual and noise receptors
  • Agricultural lands

Assisting with Mitigation Solutions

Our Energy Team’s multi-disciplinary backgrounds and experience are crucial to identifying, developing, and implementing mitigation solutions for electric transmission projects. From visual assessments and access road design and construction methods to right-of-way vegetation maintenance, cutting edge technology and cost-effective approaches are always top of mind.

Services for Electric Transmission Facilities

ESS offers full-service capabilities for electric transmission projects. We have experience with projects of all sizes and technologies - from regional transmission expansions to renewable energy and distributed generation interconnections. ESS has strong working relationships with state and federal regulatory staff to facilitate electric transmission project planning, permitting, and operations. ESS specialty services for electric transmission lines include:

  •          Route Planning and Alternatives Analysis
  •          Construction Feasibility Assessments
  •          Wetland Delineations & Functional Assessments
  •          Wildlife Habitat Evaluations
  •          Rare, Threatened & Endangered Species Surveys
  •          Vegetation Cover Type Mapping
  •          Environmental Impact Documents
  •          Facility Siting Board Applications & Permitting
  •          Stormwater Permitting & Compliance
  •          Visual Impact Assessments & Simulations
  •          Civil/Site Engineering Design
  •          Construction Inspection & Environmental Monitoring