With a growing need to look at renewable energy sources to meet power demands, the national interest in alternative energy sources such as solar, wind and geothermal, is growing.  The time is now for alternative energy to become a more prominent component of overall energy delivery across the United States.  The speed with which projects are being proposed, considered and undertaken makes it essential that a cultural resources consultant offer clients the expertise of  planning, regulatory know-how, project management and the benefit of effective, long-term working relationships with dozens of federal and state agencies, State and/or Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, Certified Local Governments and other tribes, municipalities/local governing bodies.  The depth of our experience from resource exploration and project development to project management and final report writing will expedite review and compliance.

Project tasks have typically included:

  • File and literature searches
  • Sensitivity assessments
  • Cultural resources inventories of all scales
  • Historic architecture surveys/building assessments
  • NRHP eligibility testing/evaluations
  • HABS/HAER documentation
  • Ethnographic studies
  • Native American consultation facilitation
  • Construction monitoring
  • Paleontological studies
  • Treatment/mitigation plan development and implementation
  • Fatal flaw analyses
  • Cultural resources support for NEPA documents (including Categorical Exclusions, Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements).

WCRM has been involved with more than 27 geothermal projects in Nevada, Idaho and Utah over the last four years.  Our clients have included:  Sierra Geothermal Power, Vulcan Power Company, Ormat Technologies, Inc., Gradient Resources, Point Environmental and EMPSi.   WCRM has been involved with wind energy projects in Wyoming and California.  Clients have included the United Sates Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation and Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative.

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