Most states have regulatory programs that address wetlands and/or isolated wetlands. The requirements of such programs vary from state to state. Certain programs are more comprehensive than others and some states regulate wetlands that are not governed under federal law. Although most programs are mandatory, a few rely on voluntary compliance to protect wetlands. State wetland laws also typically differ in both the activities and types of wetlands that are subject to jurisdiction. Resource areas that may be broadly regulated in one state may be wholly unregulated in another. For example, some states regulate extensive buffer areas outside of the wetlands area itself, while others are focused solely on the defined wetland. Wind energy developers should become familiar with the applicable state wetland protection programs to ensure that state regulated wetlands are identified and properly delineated according to applicable protocols and necessary approvals are obtained.

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from sunlight, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wind. These sources are naturally and constantly replenished, which is why they are deemed as renewable. The usage of renewable energy sources is very important when considering the sustainability of the existing energy usage of the world. While there is currently an abundance of non-renewable energy sources, such as nuclear fuels, these energy sources are depleting. In addition to being a non-renewable supply, the non-renewable energy sources release emissions into the air, which has an adverse effect on the environment.

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