Energy Development and Siting

Energy U.S. Air Force; Lance Cheung Solar Farm Business


Due to rapidly changing energy policy and advancement in renewable energy technologies, the Southeast is increasingly seen as an ideal region for locating wind, solar and other forms of energy infrastructure.  Despite the benefits these technologies may bring, without proper planning and siting, they can have adverse impacts on military readiness, natural resources, and agricultural working lands.  Potential habitat destruction and fragmentation of wildlife corridors, conversion of agricultural lands, and interference with military aviation and radar operations are examples of impacts that need proactive efforts now to avoid future potential problems.

The SERPPAS Energy Work Group is assessing various measures that 1) ensure early stakeholder notification of proposed energy projects; 2) encourage and facilitate robust coordination; and 3) make effective use of new or existing tools that could aid developers’ understanding and ability to address potential impacts.

This collaborative regional approach will establish the means to ensure federal and state officials are able to effectively influence and mitigate potential project impacts, thereby conserving natural resources, protecting the military mission, and strengthening effective working relationships into the future.

Strategic Objectives

  1. Build diverse partnership of military, natural resources, and energy industry stakeholders to raise awareness of challenges, share resources and priorities in the region, and identify intersecting opportunities.
  2. Support the creation and advancement of mapping tools for new energy development, pinpointing critical zones for wildlife, habitat, military operations, and cultural resources.
  3. Promote, develop, and share innovative strategies to produce mutually beneficial outcomes for energy development, military mission, environmental justice, and avoid detrimental impacts to wildlife, natural and cultural resources, and agricultural working lands.
  4. Coordinate with the other SERPPAS work groups to identify strategies for protection of natural resources and military operations and address energy resilience in the context of enhancing military installation resilience.

Work Group Lead

Robert Irving photo
Robert Irving
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
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Lindy McDowell
U.S. Army Environmental Command

Linda McDowell (Lindy) is a Biologist for the US Army in the Conservation Branch of the US Army Environmental Command (USAEC). She is based in San Antonio, Texas, at Fort Sam Houston.   Lindy provides Army leadership and agency officials with technical support as a senior Natural Resources Program Manager. She helps installations located world-wide to sustain their natural resources while keeping focus on the US Army’s mission to provide combat readiness and protect the security of our nation.   

Before joining the US Army, Lindy spent five years working for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the FAA’s Southern Region, Orlando Airports District Office where she executed federal grants to fund environmental analysis for approved Airports’ projects and managed FAA’s compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other special purpose environmental laws.  Prior to that she spent several years working for the State of Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).  While at FDEP she directed inter-agency coordination efforts and environmental planning through the Florida State Clearinghouse for the Florida Coastal Management Program (FCMP). Lindy’s work required her to understand diverse viewpoints and positions, and to consider these to achieve compliance with NEPA and other regulatory issues for consensus within the FCMP.

Lindy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aquatic Biology from the University of Texas at Austin, and post-baccalaureate work in Ecology from the University of Central Florida.



Events & Webinars

SERPPAS Work Group PM2.5/Prescribed Fire Webinar
July 11, 2024
Webinar (hosted by Southern Fire Exchange)
78th Annual SEAFWA Conference
October 12 - 16, 2024
Augusta, GA
Navigating Military Readiness Through Responsible Project Execution
December 11, 2024
Webinar (hosted by REPI)

SERPPAS Meetings

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