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Aspen Wins AEP Award for Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility EIR/EIS

Aspen Environmental Group, together with the Bureau of Land Management and the County of Imperial, was recently recognized by the California Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) with the 2013 “Outstanding Environmental Analysis” award for preparation of the Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR). This facility was proposed by Ocotillo Express LLC on Bureau of Land Management land near the unincorporated community of Ocotillo in Imperial County. […]

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Aspen VP Susan Lee Presents at Renewable Energy Roundtable

Aspen Environmental Group Vice President Susan Lee spoke at the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership’s Renewable Energy Roundtable on February 21st, 2013. She described Aspen’s work for the California Public Utilities Commission and the Bureau of Land Management on the “Colorado River-Devers Project” (previously known as the Devers-Palo Verde No. 2 Transmission Project). This 500 kV transmission project will carry generation […]

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Aspen’s Suzanne Phinney Makes Presentation to Nevada Public Utility Commission

Aspen Environmental Group Senior Associate Suzanne Phinney made a presentation entitled “California Renewable Energy and Water Resources” to the Nevada Public Utility Commissioners on January 22, 2013. In the presentation, she discussed the role of water use in electricity generation in California, particularly as it relates to renewable energy and provided examples of changes that solar thermal power plant operators have made to reduce water use. […]

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Aspen Opens Office in Palm Springs

Aspen Environmental Group is pleased to announce the opening of our newest office in central Palm Springs. Aspen’s Palm Springs office will offer the same high-quality services and expertise as our other 7 offices in the western U.S. with particular emphases in NEPA/CEQA compliance and monitoring for large-scale desert solar and wind energy projects. […]

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Ocotillo Wind Project Connected to Sunrise Powerlink

In an exciting linkage between two major energy infrastructure projects that Aspen worked on recently, Pattern Energy Group’s Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility is officially online and generating renewable wind energy, which is being transmitted to power load centers by San Diego Gas and Electric’s (SDG&E) Sunrise Powerlink Project. The Ocotillo and Sunrise projects are both key to helping California meet the State’s Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS), which requires Investor-Owned Utilities […]

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Aspen Aiding in DOE/Western’s Defining the Future Initiative

Aspen Environmental Group has been hired as a contractor to Western Area Power Administration (Western) to assist Western and the Department of Energy (DOE) in their Defining the Future initiative. The Defining the Future initiative is intended to engage Western’s customers, Tribes, and all stakeholders in the Western footprint in a conversation of how Western can help as many entities transition toward a more resilient and flexible electric grid. […]

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Aspen Completes Natural Gas Storage Study

Aspen’s natural gas expert Catherine Elder recently completed a more in-depth look at the need for and issues around adding more underground facilities to store natural gas. Performed at the request of the Utility Air Regulatory Group (UARG), an ad hoc group of electric utilities that participates in various regulatory proceedings, and the American Public Power Association (APPA), the review starts by confirming that the findings related to gas storage in Aspen’s 2010 study […]

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