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SWCA provides environmental consulting and planning services for electric transmission clients nationwide, including regulated utilities, independent transmission operators, and federal energy agencies.

SWCA’s transmission practice easily scales to client needs, from a single site focused biological survey and report to playing key team roles in multi-state/multi-component transmission systems planning, management, permitting and construction. We’re there with the answers when our clients need them. Here’s how we apply best practices to meet the needs of our transmission clients:


Special Program Development, Implementation and Management

SWCA supports transmission operators that face unique, sometimes one-off, programs related to internal governance requirements, security, NERC compliance, infrastructure decay and replacement, and reliability. SWCA’s transmission practice is strengthened by:

  • Our nationwide network of transmission infrastructure specialists
  • A formally administered transmission practice and nationwide team of active participants
  • Intra and inter-office training programs, information and lessons-learned sharing.


We earned our reputation in the transmission industry by our clients’ trust in our talents and contract performance, and our delivery of quality products and services.


Client Owner’s Representative and Staff Augmentation Services

SWCA provides clients with the ability to confidently scale professional resources for as long as needed to accommodate workload, large projects, and multi-faceted programs. Examples include providing:

  • A core project management team to oversee environmental strategy, permitting, quality control and integration with engineering for multi-segment system expansion programs
  • Embedded project managers and scientists who hit the ground running and support short and longer term staffing needs
  • A team of senior scientists and planners as advisors and key team members of the client’s project development team.


Project Rapid Response and Large Scale Technical Staff Deployment

Many situations create the need to quickly identify, create and deploy a team of specialists: a response to a natural disaster such as a wild lands fire; extensive resource surveys over a very large (sometimes multi-state) project area compressed into a short survey window; large and complex permitting or regulatory document preparations on short timelines (NEPA, FERC Order 1000 applications, CEQA). We are proud of our response record, and more importantly because our ability to respond however needed has helped our clients’ projects be successful.  SWCA’s ability to respond is enabled by:

  • A deep bench of environmental specialists across the country
  • A flat organization and decision-making structure
  • A culture of integration and resource sharing
  • Our can-do attitude and quality solutions