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Case Studies

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Regulatory Reconnaissance
Siting Studies
NEPA / CEQA Documentation
Permits & Licenses
Compliance Reports
Greenhouse Gas Compliance

Regulatory Reconnaissance

Project: Combined Cycle and Peaking Plants in Northern California

Our Role: Point Impact Analysis provided permitting plans and preliminary environmental reconnaissance information for three gas-fired plants in the Central Valley and North Coast of California. The permitting plans identified the approvals and applicable regulations for the facilities and considered California Energy Commission and California Coastal Commission jurisdictional requirements. The reconnaissance information identified the major environmental features, air quality requirements, and discharge considerations for the power generating facilities and the land use, biological, and cultural resource constraints for the gas and electric transmission lines. Portions of the linear routes crossed wetland and environmentally sensitive areas. The reconnaissance surveys included reviews of biological, cultural resource, and site contamination databases for the proposed sites.

Siting Studies

Project: Turlock Irrigation District (TID) Westside 115-kV Transmission Line Project

Our Role:Point Impact Analysis managed the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for a 115-kV transmission line that would deliver power from the TID expansion area on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley. Point Impact Analysis performed the initial siting study for the TID expansion on the Westside, evaluating over 100 miles of proposed and alternate routes across the San Joaquin River. Point Impact Analysis also obtained landowner agreements for access for environmental studies, prepared newsletters that were mailed to residences in the project area, and held a series of public meetings to identify the preferred route.

Baseline Studies

Project: Vulcan Power Company (Vulcan) Aurora Geothermal Development Project in Humboldt-Toiyobe National Forest

Our Role: Point Impact Analysis assisted Vulcan in managing the baseline environmental studies needed for the initial phase of development at its Aurora leases in the Humboldt-Toiyobe National Forest in Nevada. Point Impact Analysis worked with Vulcan and U.S. Forest Service resource specialists to describe the proposed action and identify the scope of analysis and survey methods for the required studies. Point Impact Analysis helped identify qualified local subcontractors to perform the sage grouse, rare plants, and cultural resources surveys and helped coordinate the approval of their study plans. The company reviewed the interim and final study reports that helped establish existing conditions at the Aurora leases for future National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis.

NEPA/CEQA Documentation

Project: Montezuma II Wind Energy Project Environmental Impact Report (EIR)

Point Impact Analysis prepared the Environmental Impact Report for the Montezuma II Wind Energy Project, a 34-turbine wind development in the Montezuma Hills. The scope of work includes the Notice of Preparation, Draft EIR, and Final EIR after response to comments. The Montezuma II environmental analysis deals with many of the environmental issues associated with wind projects in the area, including impacts to aesthetics, biological resources such as raptors and California tiger salamander (CTS), and dust emissions from construction. The Draft EIR required conducting reviews of technical reports on a wide range of potential environmental impacts, including air quality, biology, bird and bat mortality, cultural resources, greenhouse gases, noise, blade throw, shadow flicker, and microwave and radar interference. Point Impact Analysis used its team of experienced subcontractors to prepare a thorough report for release to the public.

Project: Vulcan Power Company (Vulcan) Salt Wells Geothermal Exploratory Drilling Program Environmental Assessment

Our Role:Point Impact Analysis prepared an environmental assessment (EA) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) that analyzed the impacts to the human and natural environment resulting from ten exploratory drilling well pads in the Salt Wells geothermal leasing area near Fallon, Nevada. Point Impact Analysis assisted Vulcan Power Company in obtaining approval from the Bureau of Land Management, the surface and mineral resource management agency for Vulcan's lease. The EA assessed the proposed well pad sites, access roads, and associated construction activities for the ten well pads. Point Impact Analysis managed the Class III cultural resource study and analyzed the project's potential effects on nearby wetland habitat.

Project: Nevis Geothermal Exploration Project

Our Role: Point Impact Analysis prepared an Environmental Impact Assessment for West Indian Power Ltd. for its planned geothermal development on the Island of Nevis in the Caribbean. The assessment evaluated the impacts of the proposed drilling program on the fields, scrub vegetation, and drainage ghauts in the drilling areas and the impacts of well testing emissions, noise, and nighttime visibility on the residents and tourist areas along the coast. The assessment helped the Nevis Development Authority approve the exploration project and consider the development of a 40-MW geothermal project that would service Nevis and St. Kitts.

Permits and Licenses

Project: Heber 1 and 2 Geothermal Projects

Our Role: Point Impact Analysis provides environmental services for two Ormat Technologies projects in the Imperial Valley near Heber, CA. Heber 1 Complex is a 47 MW (net) dual-flash geothermal facility with a binary bottoming cycle, and Heber 2 Complex is a 58-MW (net) binary facility with eight integrated two-level units. Both projects produce electrical power from geothermal brine. Stuart Russell of Point Impact Analysis has been providing environmental services for the geothermal projects at Heber since the Dravo Corporation built the first project in 1985. He obtained the initial air and water permits for Heber 1, maintained compliance with county use permits, and transferred all permits from Chevron Geothermal Company to the Heber Field Company in 1992. Point Impact Analysis provided the air permitting and other environmental documentation for the expansion of these projects after Ormat Technologies. acquired the projects in 2003. Point Impact Analysis continues to assist the Heber projects on local and federal air permitting matters, Risk Management Plans, and Process Safety Management Plans.

Compliance Plans and Reports

Project: North Brawley Geothermal Power Plant Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan

Our Role: Point Impact Analysis prepared a SPCC Plan for the Ormat-Nevada, Inc. North Brawley Geothermal Power Plant, in the Imperial Valley. In accordance with 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 112-Oil Pollution Prevention, facilities that store, use, or consume oil products that could discharge to navigable waters or adjoining shorelines of the United States must prepare an SPCCP Plan. The Point Impact Analysis SPCC Plan described the storage facilities and equipment at the 49 MW binary power plant and well pads at Brawley, identified the potential discharges of oil at the site, established the equipment and procedures that prevent the occurrence of a discharge, and provided the immediate response and notification requirements should a discharge occur. The SPCC Plan complies with federal regulations and is currently in use at Ormat-Nevada's North Brawley Geothermal Power Plant.

Project: Solid Waste Reduction Plan for the Port of Stockton

Our Role:The West Complex Development Plan Project EIR required the Port of Stockton to develop a Solid Waste Reduction Plan (SWRP) for compliance with the California Integrated Waste Management Act (AB 939) of 1989. The Port of Stockton is the fourth busiest port in California. It offers berthing space for 17 vessels and 1.1 million square feet of warehousing for both dry bulk and general cargoes. Point Impact Analysis identified current waste generation and diversion practices at the Port and recommended measures to reduce solid waste generation and increase diversion practices. The report contained solid waste reduction recommendations to reduce commercial and industrial tenant solid waste and identified measures for all tenants and Port operations to reduce administrative waste generation.

Greenhouse Gas Planning and Reporting

Project: Western GeoPower Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction Plan

Our Role: Point Impact Analysis developed a GHG reduction plan for the WGP-1 project, as required in Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District (NSCAPCD) Condition of Approval (COA) 57 of the use permit. Point Impact Analysis was able to demonstrate to the NSCAPCD, utilizing power purchase agreements and GHG emissions factors for other power plants in Northern California, that the construction of WGP-1 would result in a long-term GHG emissions reduction.

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