Environmental Due Diligence Battery Energy Storage System, Western Massachusetts
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Geosyntec was retained to assist in evaluating three sites for stand-alone battery energy storage systems for 50 to 125 megawatts. The initial phase of work includes performing a due diligence evaluation of each site, creating a permitting plan, and advising on critical issues for permitting at each of the sites.

Geosyntec's Scope of Services

Geosyntec initially performed desktop reviews of the three sites to evaluate permitting requirements and the potential for threatened and endangered species and jurisdictional waters to be present. Geosyntec then performed a field reconnaissance (ground-truthing) to confirm at a high-level whether wetlands are present or absent, and whether the general locations correspond with information presented on GIS figures for each site. Geosyntec prepared technical memoranda for each site summarizing the desktop reviews and wetland evaluations.

Geosyntec prepared a permitting plan for each site in the form of a permit matrix that summarizes the federal, state, or local environmental permits, authorizations, notifications, and/or approvals required. The permit matrix will identify critical path permitting actions, authorities having jurisdiction, critical issues affecting siting of battery energy storage facilities, and typical agency review time. The purpose of the matrix will be to inform permitting strategies for meeting project objectives, schedule, and high-level planning costs.

Geosyntec performed a Phase I ESA for each site intended to meet the ASTM/AAI requirement to identify potential environmental liabilities and, specifically, to identify recognized environmental conditions (RECs) as defined by the ASTM E1527-13 Standard.

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Project Summary

  • Location: Western Massachusetts
  • Client: Confidential Client
  • Project Practice Areas: Environmental Management
  • Type of Facility: Energy Storage System
  • Services Provided: Environmental Due Diligence Phase I ESA; Natural Resource Desktop Evaluation
  • Type of Work: Environmental Due Diligence
  • Governing Regulation: Local, State, and Federal