Justin Bailey

Justin Bailey
Department Manager
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An Experienced Approach to Wind Farm Permitting

An Experienced Approach to Wind Farm Permitting

Taking a wind farm project — whether large or small in scale — from concept through permitting to construction can be a complex process. Burns & McDonnell has helped permit more than 1,700 megawatts in the wind power projects that are in operation or construction.

We can help your project from the very beginning. Our professionals can assist you in siting wind turbines, access roads and the electrical collection system in an environmentally responsible and feasible manner. With nearly 40 years of providing environmental services for our diverse client base, our in-house staff possesses the array of knowledge needed to solve regulatory and permitting challenges.

A Phased Approach to Permitting Wind Power

Permitting a wind project is most successful when you take it one step at a time.

The first phase involves a high-level background and desktop study, typically part of a comprehensive permitting review. The second phase includes the environmental and biological field studies determined to be necessary during the background research and agency consultations of the initial phase. This allows our specialists to target studies to specific areas and species, saving money for your project.

The final phase is the actual permitting, including site and permit application filings. We work hand-in-hand not only with our clients, but in many cases, also with our experienced engineering team, to help you site your project with the least environmental impact.

Demonstrated Experience in Wind Permitting

Burns & McDonnell has worked to permit more than 30 wind farm projects in 12 states. Our experience includes environmental assessments (EAs) and Findings of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for numerous projects. Some notable examples:


Site Selection & Planning Services

  • Site evaluations
  • Constraints analyses
  • Micrositing
  • Public involvement 
  • Linear facility routing
  • Phase I and II ESAs

Biological & Ecological Services

Archaeological Services

  • Background research and project assessments
  • Architectural surveys
  • Phase I, II, and II cultural resources surveys
  • Section 106 consultation
  • Native American consultation

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Services

  • Environmental reports
  • Environmental assessments (EA)
  • Environmental impact studies (EIS)

Other Environmental Services

  • ER, EA and EIS documents
  • Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity/Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (state certificates)
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission resource reports
  • Section 404 Corps of Engineers dredge or fill permits
  • Section 401 state water quality certification
  • Section 10 river crossing permits
  • Section 402 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater discharge permits
  • Endangered Species Act consultations and concurrence
  • State wildlife protection consultations and concurrence
  • Section 106 consultation and concurrence
  • State wetland permits
  • Local zoning or conditional use/special use permits
  • Right-of-way grants
  • Highway and road crossing permits
  • Floodplain development permits
  • Other local permitting
  • Title search and review
  • Survey permission
  • Survey and legal descriptions
  • Land valuation
  • Document preparation
  • Negotiation
  • Condemnation preparation and support

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