Understanding public concerns and helping stakeholders visualize a project are key steps to advancing transmission development. At SWCA, we combine visual resources with proactive public outreach to help build consensus for projects.
Demand for electricity has been steadily increasing for decades, creating a need for new generation facilities and transmission lines. The expected rate of increase in electricity demand is three times what existing and planned transmission lines can carry, creating a gap between the market for generation and the transmission system.
Tom Koronkiewicz knows more about golden eagles than most of us know about our closest friends. Take Susan, a golden eagle he captured and fitted with a transmitter on Mother’s Day in 2015.
With various charts, digital models, maps, and spreadsheets displayed on his computer screen, Koronkiewicz can track Susan’s location every 15 minutes, and tell me how fast and how far she travels, and where she likes to eat and sleep. Using elevation changes, he can estimate places she swoops down to ground level to nab her prey.
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.