Many of the issues identified during and subsequent to the Critical Environmental Issues Analysis described in Chapter 3 will require regulatory review and approval by one or more government authorities.
Early in project development, it is important to conduct a Early identification of detailed analysis of the potential permits, approvals, and regulatory requirements and consultations that might apply to a wind project. The applicable thresholds may afford the developer should use the results of this analysis to develop a developer time to modify project plans to comprehensive regulatory strategy for the project. Factors minimize impacts and potentially costly such as required field studies, approval timeframes, potential ancj tjme consuming regulatory reviews, for public review and/or hearings, avenues for appeal and application and/or review fees should all be included in regulatory planning. Early identification of regulatory requirements and applicable thresholds may afford the developer time to modify project plans to minimize impacts and potentially costly and time consuming regulatory reviews. A developer may wish to involve consultants and legal counsel early in the process to help identify and implement the best approach.
This chapter of the handbook provides a synopsis of federal, state, and local regulatory programs and permitting issues frequently encountered by wind energy projects.
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