SRA International, Inc., a leading provider of technology and strategic consulting services and solutions to government organizations, today announced that its renewable energy team has successfully led a 23-kilowatt small hydropower project in rural Meeker, Colorado though a streamlined review process to receive a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) exemption permit. Until now, this complex maze of regulatory reviews typically needed several years for completion.
This project was made possible by a grant from the Colorado Governor's Energy Office. It is the first project in the nation to use a new streamlined FERC pilot review process for small hydropower projects. The improved process reorganizes multi-agency reviews to occur in parallel rather than sequentially, and was accomplished in less than two months instead of years. Its success is being followed closely by other states.
"Typically, small hydropower projects are treated the same as large projects like the Hoover Dam, making the regulatory review process lengthy, and causing it to be financially burdensome for small developers like a rural rancher," said SRA Vice President Phil Rizzi. "This first project using the new streamlined FERC process is an excellent example of a process improvement that reduces the time required for federal regulatory review while maintaining environmental protections - and SRA is privileged to work on this activity in support of the Colorado Governor's Energy Office renewable energy mission."
This project and 20 similar small hydropower projects are being shepherded through the FERC process by the SRA renewable energy team, which provides technical assistance to renewable energy project developers. The program is expected to cut the time and money necessary to receive a federal permit by 50 percent, which can result in savings of up to $100,000 per project.
SRA also provides technical assistance for biomass, solar, distributed generation wind and geothermal projects that do not have the financial capabilities to move forward to a developer or investor stage without assistance. Currently, 15 Colorado projects are taking advantage of this opportunity. More information and technical assistance applications are available on the GEO website: www.colorado.gov/energy
About SRA International, Inc.
SRA is dedicated to solving complex problems of global significance for government organizations serving the national security, civil government, health, and intelligence and space markets. Founded in 1978, the company has expertise in such areas as cyber security; disaster response planning; enterprise resource planning; environmental strategies; energy systems and sustainability; IT systems, infrastructure and managed services; learning technologies; logistics; public health preparedness; public safety; strategic management consulting; and systems engineering.
SRA employs approximately 7,000 employees serving clients from its headquarters in Fairfax, Va., and offices around the world. For additional information on SRA, please visit www.sra.com
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