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environmental review for peaking plants

environmental review for peaking plants
client
Great River Energy
location
Minnesota

new peaking plants increase electrical capacity for periods of high demand

Barr helped Great River Energy obtain regulatory approvals for proposed gas-fired, simple-cycle, combustion-turbine peaking facilities in Cambridge and Elk River, Minnesota. In addition to site permits from the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board, a federal environmental review process was mandated for the Cambridge project because it would be funded in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service.

Barr assisted GRE with the submittals and public meetings required by the EQB and RUS and also helped prepare the Environmental Assessment Worksheet for the scoping process, which resulted in a “finding of no significant impact” (FONSI). In addition, we prepared applications for state air-quality and NPDES wastewater-discharge permits. For these we gathered information on both projects’ anticipated air impacts; water use; wastewater generation; noise levels; land-use impacts; social, cultural, and economic impacts; and effects on the natural environment to enable the client to address those topics and propose methods of minimizing impacts.