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How a Thermal Runaway Study Can Help Address Concerns during Energy Storage Permitting

What is thermal runaway? As more renewable energy projects are developed and come online, there is an increasing need for large-scale energy storage development. A battery energy storage system (BESS) is able to store excess electricity generated by certain renewable energy sources (such as solar and wind) and when needed, quickly inject that electricity back

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ALTA Survey Requirements: Everything you need to know for 2022

What are the current ALTA survey requirements? The Minimum Standard Detail Requirements (ALTA Standards) for American Land Title Association (ALTA)/National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) Land Title Surveys (ALTA survey requirements) were last updated in February of 2021. Often referred to simply as ALTA surveys, these boundary surveys are created pursuant to a set of minimum standards

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Protecting Plants while Protecting the Planet: Approaches to Bolster Narrowly Endemic Plant Species

To address and reverse global effects caused by a rapidly changing climate, various industries have emerged that are leading efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions though alternative energy production. However, sometimes alternative energy projects which are focused on issues global in scale, run into issues protecting sensitive narrow endemic plant species at the local scale

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Developing Offshore Wind Energy in California Requires Expertise with Numerous Coastal Stakeholders

California is a prime location for offshore wind development for two reasons: first, it has some of the strongest and steadiest wind anywhere in the world and second, there is high demand for renewable energy in the California Independent Systems Operator (CAISO) market. In addition, technological advances for floating offshore wind turbines make the depths

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San Diego Gas and Electric Master Special Use Permit and Permit to Construct Power Line Replacement Projects

SDG&E undertook a power line replacement of nine 12- and 69-kilovolt (kV) electric facilities spread throughout an approximate 880-square-mile area in eastern San Diego County, within and around the Cleveland National Forest (CNF). Power line replacement included fire-hardening, relocating, and undergrounding facilities along 145 miles.

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Energized Work Plans Ensure Safety of Affected Workers during Solar Project Construction

From 2015–2019, total installed solar energy capacity in the United States nearly tripled from 23.44 gigawatts (GW) to 62.3 GW. While this solar energy boom is a positive sign of the country’s transition to green energy, it requires increased understanding of the hazards associated with solar energy project construction. Many contractors must contend with the

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Glare Analysis and Photo Simulations Provide Transparency throughout Solar Energy Project Development

Glare from solar panels can potentially impact sensitive receptors, such as aircraft pilots, air traffic controllers, motorists, residents, and recreationists. So, glint/glare analysis is increasingly becoming a required component of solar development applications at the local and federal levels. Additionally, depending on complexity, project components can be difficult for the public and decision-makers to conceptualize

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3 Keys to Successful Solar Permitting in Virginia

Virginia recently passed the Virginia Clean Economy Act, which includes a renewable portfolio standard that will require all of its utility companies to source 100% of their electricity from renewable sources by 2050. As such, the demand for permitting and constructing renewable energy facilities is now stronger than ever. Successful solar permitting in Virginia requires

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Dudek Noise Tool Enables Streamlined Siting Decisions for Energy Storage Facilities

Energy storage facilities are often sited near electrical distribution substations in urban and suburban environments to capitalize on the energy demands in these areas. In such locations, noise-sensitive uses may exist nearby, such as residential neighborhoods, hospitals, churches, and schools. Introduction of a noise generation source, such as an energy storage facility, must take existing

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