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Case Study

Cape Wind
Cape Wind

In 1999, ESS was retained as the lead environmental consultant for the Cape Wind Renewable Energy Project, a 450 MW offshore wind farm proposed for Nantucket Sound, Massachusetts.
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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.

Renewable Energy

The ESS Advantage

Wind TurbineESS has supported permitting and development of more than 4,000 MW in renewable energy for projects ranging in size from 100 kW to more than 1,000 MW. We have experience with a broad range of renewable technologies, including wind power, solar power, and biomass generation. Current relationships with renewable industry clients, project engineers, and equipment suppliers give ESS practical, cutting-edge expertise in all facets of renewable energy development.

Supporting Wind Energy Developments

ESS wind energy projects include both community- and commercial-scale developments in offshore, coastal, and land-based settings. ESS has also supported permitting of single-turbine projects on developed coastal sites and multi-turbine arrays sited in rural agricultural and mountainous terrain. ESS specialty services for wind energy projects include:

  •          Siting and Interconnection Studies
  •          Environmental Impact Documents and Permitting
  •          Air Emissions Inventories and Permitting
  •          Wind Resource Assessments
  •          Avian and Bat Inventories and Assessments
  •          Natural Resource Inventories and Mapping
  •          Stormwater Permitting and Compliance
  •          Visual Impact Assessments/Simulations and Shadow Flicker
  •          Emission Reduction Credits/Renewable Portfolio Standards Qualification
  •          Pollution Prevention and Facility Response Plans
  •          Civil/Site Engineering Design
  •          Turbine Transportation Studies
  •          Construction Monitoring and Environmental Inspections

Advancing Biomass, Solar, & Other Renewable Energy Technologies

Over the past five years, ESS has conducted environmental permitting for multiple biomass power generation projects, some of which propose conversion of existing facilities to use waste materials as fuel. ESS has also provided site planning and environmental permitting for projects proposing solar, hydropower, or geothermal energy as part of a larger residential, commercial, or industrial development. These proposed renewable energy projects include:

  • Development of a construction and demolition waste-to-energy cogeneration facility
  • Conversion of a gas-fired cogeneration plant to a 7 MW biomass facility fueled by wood waste
  • Conversion of a former paper mill to a 68 MW biomass plant fueled by forest-industry byproducts
  • Redevelopment of an urban brownfield as a business park with renewable energy components
  • Development of a LEED-certified private home with geothermal heating
  • Mixed-use redevelopment of an historic mill with a tidal turbine for power generation
  • Due diligence and feasibility assessment for a 22-acre, 4.5 MW solar park

Promoting Clean Energy Initiatives

ESS actively participates in regulatory and industry efforts to promote development of wind, hydropower, solar, biomass, and other renewable energy projects. ESS has actively participated in the development of Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (RPS) and helps renewable energy developers obtain alternative fuels and RPS qualification. ESS is also a member of several energy industry trade organizations and participates in government forums on renewable energy regulation, particularly related to offshore renewable energy development.