Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Wind Power Guidelines
Posted Mar 29 2013 3:00am
In Washington State, the developer of a new wind power generation facility has the option of pursuing a permit through either the local jurisdiction (cities and counties) or the state (Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council).
Compliance with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) is required for wind energy proposals. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is considered an agency with environmental expertise through the State Environmental Policy Act and provides review and comments on environmental documents. The permitting authority is responsible for State Environmental Policy Act review before issuing a project permit. However, wind project developers and permitting agencies are encouraged to consult with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife as early as possible in the siting process to discuss the potential environmental impact of the development prior to formal State Environmental Policy Act review. Early consultation with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife can ultimately result in a more efficient review of the proposal with upfront discussion of potential impacts.
The purpose of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Wind Power Guidelines is to provide consistent statewide guidance for the development of land-based wind energy projects that avoid, minimize and mitigate impacts to fish and wildlife habitats in Washington State.