Taking advantage of Maine’s low elevation coastal plan with renewable energy
In 2008, Maine adopted the Wind Energy Act which set a goal of developing 2,000 megawatts of installed wind power by 2015. Helping to achieve that goal, Bull Hill can generate 34 megawatts of clean, renewable power and is ideally located to take advantage of Maine’s low elevation coastal plan. The site also contained substantial wetland and stream resources, vernal pools and sensitive groundwater features, which required a thoughtful design approach.
We worked closely with the civil design team and regulators to minimize potential impacts to the site, which included maximizing the use of existing logging roads to provide access, developing a project layout that resulted in no wetland impacts, and preserving the existing hydrology. Creating a plan that averted significant impacts to the site removed the need for a federal wetlands permit, substantially advancing the development timeframe. Our environmental team prepared the state permit applications, provided expert testimony, and supplied a regulatory strategy that won unanimous approval. Completing the permits in a timely fashion allowed the site to become operational in time to meet the Wind Energy Act's goal and it now generates enough energy to power 18,000 homes.
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