Wind Farm Environmental Assessment

Palmer’s Creek Wind Farm, LLC
Granite Falls, Minnesota

A confidential client proposed a Large Wind Energy Conversion System with a 44.6-megawatt (MW) nameplate capacity near Granite Falls, Minnesota. The project consisted of 18 wind turbines and associated facilities (i.e., access roads, collector lines, collector substation, and operations and maintenance facility) located on approximately 6,150 acres of privately-owned land. The project also included an interconnection to an existing Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) substation (i.e., the Granite Falls Substation) and associated transmission interconnection facilities.

Project construction and operation required numerous local, state, and federal regulatory requirements. The state of Minnesota required a Site Permit, which involved pre and post-construction, avian and wildlife monitoring, as well as environmental review. The interconnection of the proposed Project to WAPA’s transmission system is a federal action under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), and therefore required the preparation of an environmental assessment (EA). Wenck worked with Palmer’s Creek to navigate the regulatory and permitting processes.

Wenck assisted the client with necessary pre-construction surveys, biological assessments, Minnesota site permitting requirements, and federal environmental review.

Major Project Features: 

  • Avian Point Count Surveys and Analysis
  • Eagle and Raptor Nest Surveys
  • Aerial Eagle Nest Survey
  • Wildlife Assessment Report
  • Biological Assessment
  • Avian and Bat Protection Plan (ABPP)
  • Eagle Use Surveys, Analysis and Report
  • Site Permit Application
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Wetland Delineation and Report
  • Response to Agency and Public Comments on EA

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