Consulting & Engineering: Renewable Energy

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ESS Group, Inc. (East Providence, R.I.) for expansion in the market for environmental consulting and engineering services for clean energy projects in 2009. Projects for which ESS provided environmental assessments and permitting support included: Cape Wind, a 420 MW, 130-turbine wind park proposed for Nantucket Sound; Deerfield Wind, a 17-turbine, 34 MW project in the Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont; Hull Wind Offshore Expansion, a 14-MW, 4-turbine project in Hull, Mass.; Pure Gen One, a 750 MW integrated gasification combine cycle (IGCC) power and manufacturing plant in New Jersey with Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS), a 7-MW biomass cogeneration system in New Hampshire; the Pioneer Valley Energy Center, a natural gas fired power plant that will be the first new baseload generating facility to be reviewed under the Massachusetts Greenhouse Gas Policy; and the 50-mile, 230 kV transmission line to connect the 270 MW Hounsfield wind farm with the New York regional electric grid. ESS also conducted preliminary siting and feasibility assessments for an inter-island transmission system for Hawaii, and it conducted a regulatory analysis of requirements for offshore renewable energy projects for integration into the Massachusetts Comprehensive Ocean Management Plan.

AECOM Technology Corp. (Los Angeles) for undertaking major renewable energy projects in 16 countries. The company's services in the renewable energy field include project appraisal, engineering and design, construction, and implementation. Recent projects include: construction oversight and commissioning of the world's largest geothermal steam turbine in Indonesia; design, supervision and commissioning of eight hydroelectric plants in Asia, Africa, and North and South America; the investigation and development of 24 wind farms in North America, Europe, and Australasia, amounting to more than 1,000 turbines; the evaluation and implementation of 10 solar projects in North America, Europe, and Asia, with total capacity of more than 2,000 MW; the assessment of marine/tidal energy projects in Europe and North America; and the investigation of the conversion of organic waste to energy in Asia and New Zealand.