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Scientists at Normandeau offer a wide array of ecological services in order to meet the needs of the wind power industry. We have vast experience in permitting and agency consultation, and can assist with scoping to identify sensitive issues related to wind power projects, allowing for the development of baseline work plans and surveys that identify potential obstacles to licensing and permitting of projects. Specific services for the wind energy industry are listed below.
Normandeau Associates, Inc. specializes in ecological services for onshore wind energy development. For over 40 years we have earned a reputation for excellence in understanding and solving complex natural resource and permitting issues within the energy industry with staff that have worked on over 120 wind projects across the nation in 21 states. Providing wind energy clients with sound scientific data and expert permitting guidance are specialties of our firm. In addition to private sector wind project developers, we also provide consulting services to the federal Department of Energy and Department of Defense (DOD), Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), and various smaller-scale wind energy projects proposed or sponsored by local municipalities.
Normandeau provides solutions, services and technology to meet the extensive needs of developing and implementing a land-based wind energy project. We have considerable experience in permitting and agency consultation, and can assist in project scoping to identify sensitive issues related to wind power projects, allowing for the development of baseline work plans and surveys that identify potential obstacles to licensing and permitting of projects. Our services relevant to the wind industry are shown in the following table, organized relative to the current U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines:
As a science-based environmental consulting firm with over 40 years of experience providing land-based wind energy project services, Normandeau stands out for its ability to guide you to sound, defensible and reasonable science-based decisions for project and regulatory compliance. Contact us today to see how we can help you with your project needs.
Normandeau conducts field studies for a variety of avian resource concerns such as breeding-season, spring and fall migration, and raptor surveys. Data can provide species composition, relative abundance, and frequency of bird use. We can also assist with the development of post-construction monitoring plans. Normandeau has subcontractor capabilities for avian radar and NEXRAD studies. Normandeau also developed the Remote Condor Observation Network (ReCON™) as an early detection system that provides energy facility operations centers with real-time alerts of an approaching condor.
Normandeau's bat biologists and technology team developed ReBAT® (Remote Bat Acoustic Technology), a state-of-the-art acoustic monitoring system that increases the effectiveness of bat acoustic monitoring. We also have extensive experience with Anabat. We are also working with multiple clients on developing automated operational mitigation measures for wind farms using ReBAT®. In addition, Normandeau has a team of certified Indiana bat mist-netting and telemetry specialists. We offer all the services needed to address pre and post operational issues with bats.
Normandeau employs a large number of highly trained and certified wetland scientists. We conduct wetland delineations, prepare functions and values assessments, impact assessments, and develop permit applications and compensatory mitigation strategies. We have extensive experience completing large scale delineations of wind power sites, and associated development features such as transmission line corridors, access road alignments, operations and maintenance facilities, and meteorological tower sites.
Wildlife and Natural Community Studies
Normandeau conducts habitat and population surveys of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians to determine habitat suitability, species diversity, and relative abundance. We can evaluate plant communities through both remote sensing and ground surveys. We conduct field studies to provide quantitative analyses of natural, disturbed, and stressed communities. Read more here.
Rare Species and Critical Habitats
Normandeau conducts special field investigations to evaluate habitats for potential rare species and their habitats, or unique/exemplary natural communities. We have completed hundreds of studies for numerous federal- and state-listed threatened or endangered plants and wildlife. Read more here.
Permitting and NEPA Documentation
Normandeau has extensive experience preparing federal and state permits, as well as numerous environmental documents pursuant to the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Council on Environmental Quality regulations. We have managed many large scale permitting efforts involving numerous issues from a variety of disciplines. We coordinate these complex efforts for our clients, producing high quality and timely documents.
Our experienced public involvement professionals facilitate project development by helping clients identify issues and articulate messages. Our public involvement staff can engage the public to pinpoint concerns and develop consensus-based solutions. Our public involvement services include strategic planning, stakeholder relations, meeting coordination and facilitation, community outreach using written and web-based materials, and mediation.
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