Dudek Selected to Manage Environmental Planning for California Desert Renewable Energy Project

Jul 15, 2010, 08:00 ET from Dudek

ENCINITAS, Calif., July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The California-based environmental firm Dudek has been selected to manage development of a key environmental document for the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), an integral step in California's policy goal to increase renewable energy sources.

June Collins, Dudek's executive vice president, has been named the project manager to lead development of a Natural Community Conservation Plan (NCCP) for a six-county region in the Mojave and Colorado desert areas where renewable energy facilities are slated for development.  

The plan will provide a framework for renewable energy projects to obtain environmental clearances for endangered species while at the same time plan for conservation and protection of those species.  

The NCCP is a required California process that establishes how biological resources can be protected while allowing compatible economic development. Dudek's work on the NCCP is being done under Aspen Environmental Group's contract to provide environmental services to the California Energy Commission.

Collins has more than 25 years experience in California managing environmental teams that develop plans encompassing hundreds of thousands of acres, dozens of species, multiple governmental jurisdictions, and complex biological resources. She has directed teams on multiple species conservation planning efforts in San Diego County, Orange County, Western Riverside County, Tehachapi, and Coachella Valley.

The DRECP process is part of California's 2009 Renewable Energy Executive Order that established a policy of obtaining a new 33 percent renewable energy portfolio standard for the state. The executive order directed state departments, specifically the Department of Fish and Game and Energy Commission, to collaborate to streamline renewable energy project permitting and review.

About Dudek

Dudek provides environmental and engineering services to help clients plan, design, permit and manage projects involving natural resource management, infrastructure development and regulatory compliance.

Founded in 1980, the firm is headquartered in Encinitas, California and has six offices throughout the state. More information is available at www.dudek.com.


Mark Forster