New Guide for Desert Conservation Management

Ten million acres of public land in California deserts are under a new management blueprint with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s approval of the Record of Decision for the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) in September.

New Substation in Renewable Infrastructure Goes On-Line

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has energized and is now using the new East County (ECO) substation as an integral part of the utility’s electric transmission system.

New Solar Project Compliance Monitoring

  Dudek is providing environmental construction compliance services for First Solar’s Solar Gen 2 project that broke ground September 18 in Imperial County. When completed in July, Solar Gen 2 will provide renewable energy to power approximately 60,000 California homes. As environmental compliance manager, Dudek is responsible for ensuring that environmental commitments included in the…

Video: Field Data Reporting Goes Mobile & Real-Time

  When archeologists discover a new cultural resources artifact at a construction site, the discovery often doesn’t cause a problem.  “Problems usually crop up post-discovery as a result of slow or incomplete communication to stakeholders about the discovery,” said Micah Hale, RPA, who leads Dudek’s cultural resources practice.  (Watch video) “There are stringent cultural resource…

Proposed Solar Facility Certified by California for Fast-Track Environmental Review

. Soitec’s proposed utility-scale solar facilities in San Diego County are the third project in California to be certified by Governor Brown for fast-tracked judicial and legislative review under the terms of the Jobs and Economic Improvement Act of 2011, commonly known as AB 900. Apple’s new Cupertino campus and the McCoy solar project in…

Assessing Cumulative Development Impacts on Fire Services

  A recent focus in San Diego County on assessing fire services based on the cumulative impacts of proposed large developments may start to be seen elsewhere in California.  Development of large solar farms in San Diego’s rural eastern area prompted resource agencies to ask for more comprehensive fire service assessments, said Michael Huff, Dudek’s…

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