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Regulatory Update on Wind Energy Permitting and Development

November 2011

Citation: ELR 10977

Author: James McElfish, Maureen Bornholdt, Suedeen Kelly, and Dennis Roberts

Wind energy development has addressed significant and increasingly complex regulatory requirements. A number of agencies have been involved in the permitting process, and developers must be careful to consider key issues early in the process. On September 14, 2011, ELI cosponsored a seminar with Patton Boggs LLP that covered the landscape of permitting issues that matter most, and what changes may occur as the industry continues to mature. The speakers also discussed issues in state and local siting rules, significant differences between offshore and onshore development, FAA and military radar issues, the FERC approval process, and related economic regulatory issues critical to wind power development.

James McElfish is Senior Attorney and Director, SustainableUse of Land Program, Environmental Law Institute. Maureen Bornholdt is Program Manager, Office of Offshore
Alternative Energy Programs, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement. Suedeen Kelly is a Partner at Patton Boggs. Dennis Roberts is Director, FAA Airspace Services.

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