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Energy Generation & Transmission



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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.

Overview - Energy Generation & Transmission

burgess biopowerOver the past 15 years, ESS has provided energy consulting services for more than 14,000 MW of proposed power generation and more than 700 miles of proposed electric transmission.

ESS experience includes licensing and permitting of a broad spectrum of generation and transmission facilities, from greenfield projects and re-powering of existing generation facilities to upgrades of existing transmission and storage assets. ESS supports energy facilities during operations with environmental compliance, multi-media monitoring, waste management, data collection and reporting, and permit renewals. We also regularly conduct environmental due diligence for energy facility asset acquisition and divestiture.

From the urban core of New York City and rural counties in northern New England to the islands in the Caribbean and Hawaii, ESS has supported energy projects in diverse environments and encompassing both upland and offshore settings.

Keeping the Lights On

ESS has helped energy clients build some of the largest and most innovative energy facilities developed in the past decade. These include:

  •          Fossil Fuel Generation Facilities
  •          Generation Retrofit and Conversion Projects
  •          Electric Transmission Lines (Upland and Submarine)
  •          Wind Energy (Commercial- and Community-scale)
  •          Renewable Energy Developments (Solar, Biomass, Hydrokinetics)
  •          Natural Gas Pipelines and Storage Facilities

Navigating the Regulations

As energy technologies evolve so do regulations and policies. ESS has gained a practical understanding of the full suite of development, construction, and operational issues associated with energy generation and transmission facilities. Our extensive experience and comprehensive knowledge of the energy industry has benefited our public utility, merchant development, and government agencies clients.

Full Life Cycle Energy Project Consulting

ESS energy consultants map effective strategies for power project licensing, development, and operations. Our energy consulting services include:

  •          Environmental Due Diligence
  •          Site Selection and Routing Studies
  •          Critical Flaw and Feasibility Assessments
  •          Environmental Impact Documents and Permitting
  •          Multimedia Environmental Compliance (air, water, waste)
  •          Air Emissions Inventories, Reporting and Permitting
  •          Greenhouse Gas Inventories and Strategies
  •          Clean Water Act Section 316(b) Monitoring and Compliance
  •          NPDES Stormwater and Wastewater Permitting and Compliance
  •          Pollution Prevention Plans
  •          Civil/Site Engineering Design
  •          Visual Impact Assessments and Simulations
  •          Construction Inspection and Environmental Monitoring