In an effort to expand its services for the North American renewable energy industry, Scotland-headquartered Natural Power has announced the appointment of Christine Sutter as head of environment in North America.
Sutter will be responsible for providing environmental and permitting services. She will oversee the growth of a team providing these services for onshore and offshore wind facilities, solar facilities, and transmission lines.
Sutter, trained as a bat ecologist, has more than 25 years of experience in wildlife advisement and permitting throughout the U.S. and Canada, says Natural Power.
At Natural Power, she will continue to work on strategies and provide advice to clients regarding emerging conflicts between renewable energy and natural resources. Natural Power plans to provide a range of environmental services to renewable energy clients throughout the U.S. and Canada – including due-diligence reviews; pre-construction field studies for bats, birds and other protected species; assistance securing take permits; National Environmental Policy Act analysis and documentation; and post-construction fatality studies.
“The strategic hire demonstrates a step change in the range and scope of services available from Natural Power in the U.S.,” comments Jim Adams, president of Natural Power North America.
The company says it has continued to expand across the U.S. from its offices in New York and Seattle.