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Facilities Planning & Siting

Siting Electrical Facilities
Licensing and Litigation Support
Site Engineering and Design
Visual Impact Analysis

Siting Electrical Facilities

Pike FPS has sited more than 150 transmission lines and 300 electrical substations ranging from 44 to 525 kV facilities over the past 30-years. The FPS siting methodology utilizes cutting-edge technology and a comprehensive siting procedure that fully integrates environmental, engineering, real estate, economic, regulatory, and community considerations at the onset of projects and appropriately accounts for each throughout the siting effort.

The results are conclusive: Since 1989, complex transmission line projects sited by FPS have met schedules and selected routes, in all cases, have been successfully permitted, licensed, and when necessary, defended as “the best route” in court proceedings.

Licensing and Litigation Support

FPS has prepared Transmission Line Siting and Environmental Reports to satisfy the requirements of the SC Utility Facility Siting and Environmental Protection Act and the NC Transmission Line Siting Bill for more than 20 projects. Additionally, FPS has prepared more than 30 Borrower’s Environmental Reports to comply with the Rural Utility Service’s Environmental Policies and Procedures (7 CFR Part 1794).

FPS engineers and landscape architects have provided expert testimony (pre-filed written and oral) in more than 17 cases before the SC Public Service Commission, the NC Utilities Commission, and the Arizona Corporation Commission.

In all cases, Certificates of Environmental Compatibility and Public Convenience and Necessity were issued despite, in some cases, intense opposition to the proposed action.

Site Engineering and Design

FPS has successfully designed grading and erosion control plans for more than 400 electrical substations and 100 transmission line projects. The FPS experience is unmatched in the electric utility industry or in engineering consulting firms that provide services to the industry.

The FPS approach combines the collective talents of civil engineers, landscape architects, and environmental experts to develop site plans that fully comply with all erosion control, stormwater management, and zoning regulations. Moreover, FPS engineers and landscape architects have more than 30-years experience (more than 100-years combined experience) in working with communities and interest groups to resolve opposition to new substation projects based on aesthetics, electric and magnetic fields, noise, radio/television interference, and public safety concerns.

Visual Impact Analysis

FPS landscape architects, engineers, and GIS analysts combine cutting edge computer technology and more than 100-years of professional experience to accurately measure and predict the visual effects of future electrical transmission and substation projects, electrical distribution line projects, gas transmission projects, and electrical generation projects.

GIS software tools are used to determine areas of potential views based on land cover and topography; AutoCad software tools are used to create perspective models (views) of future facilities from selected viewpoints; imaging software is used to prepare photo-realistic simulations; and a comprehensive rating model is used to assess the condition of future views.

Visual Impact Analysis - existing view condition
Existing View Condition

Visual Impact Analysis - computer-generated view
Computer-Generated Terrain Model of the same viewpoint

Visual Impact Analysis - simulated post-construction view condition
Simulated Post-Construction View Condition

Possible View Conditions
VHVery High
HHigh
MHModerate to High
MModerate
MLModerate to Low
LLow
VLVery Low