Renewable energy development (especially wind, solar, and hydroelectric) faces a significant legal obstacle: potential impacts to endangered species and their habitats. This panel will address the challenges associated with siting and developing renewable energy projects while also complying with the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Maximizing access to renewable energy while minimizing impacts on vulnerable species presents a topical legal question: Can there be harmony between these environmental goals?
The experienced lawyers on this panel will share their analysis and insight into siting renewable energy sources within the parameters of the Endangered Species Act, NEPA, and other species-related statutes. The discussion will include specific proposals for maximizing renewable energy sources while minimizing species disturbance.