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John Anderson

Senior Policy Advisor

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John Anderson is a Senior Policy Advisor in the Environment and Land Use Practice Group. He has more than two decades of experience in national energy policy, wind, solar, and other large-scale project development, and environmental regulation and policy.  Mr. Anderson is recognized as a national industry leader advising public and private entities in the areas of federal and state siting and environmental compliance policy and advocacy, addressing policy issues as they relate to wildlife, and advising on issues associated with wetlands, public and private land use, sound health, public health and safety, property values, visual and cultural resources, civil and military aviation and radar systems.

Prior to joining Nossaman, Mr. Anderson was the Senior Director, Permitting Policy and Environmental Affairs with the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).  He also spent several years acting as an Environmental Affairs Manager at BP Alternative Energy, where he managed the permitting activities for 18 wind and solar projects in seven different states and led the compliance activities at the company’s operating facilities. 

Before entering the energy sector, John spent fifteen years as a municipal regulator and consultant providing environmental and land use analytical services to commercial and residential developers, and government agencies.

Representative Work

Experience while serving as the Senior Director, Permitting Policy and Environmental Affairs with AWEA includes:

  • Led the wind industry's efforts in developing two multi-company, multi-state (eight and nine states respectively), and multi-species regional habitat conservation plans - designed to help facilitate the advancement of wind energy deployment throughout the Midwest and Great Plain regions, and provide the companies with legal certainty under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), while providing essential conservation to the plan’s covered species.
  • Made significant contributions to the notable successes on siting and environmental compliance issues, including: 
    • Assisting with the development of the unanimous recommendations from the USFWS Wind Turbine Guidelines Federal Advisory Committee to then-Secretary Salazar, and then working with the other stakeholders to ensure the recommendations were maintained in the final 2012 Land-based Wind Energy Guidelines; 
    • Developing and advancing the adoption of the wind industry’s first wildlife-related best management practice (designed to reduce impacts on migratory bats);
    • Developing an approach for the wind industry to obtain ESA Section 4(d) coverage during the listing process for the northern long-eared bat;
    • Advancing the work of the American Wind Wildlife Institute and Bats and Wind Energy Cooperative - whose missions are to better understand wind energy's impacts on wildlife and find practical solutions to reducing those impacts;  
    • Assisted with positioning the wind industry for  reasonable outcomes in various wildlife and public lands regulatory processes in the coming years; and
    • Aided in securing long-term federal funding for the Department of Energy to undertake wind-wildlife research.

Experience while acting as Environmental Affairs Manager at BP Alternative Energy:

  • Worked with and managed teams of technical and legal experts in successfully permitting nearly 10 GW of wind energy and a 35 MW solar facility. 
  • Developed and negotiated the first-of-its-kind strategy utilizing Section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA to provide stop-gap legal coverage for an operating wind farm, while seeking a long-term Incidental Take Permit, after the first documented take of a federally endangered species was unexpectedly discovered at the facility during routine post-construction monitoring.
John  Anderson
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Practices

Education

B.S., University of Rhode Island, 1992

Professional Affiliations

American Wind Wildlife Institute, Ex Officio, 2010 – 2016

Bats and Wind Energy Cooperative, Oversight Committee, 2010 – 2016

Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, Master Wildlife Program, 2006 – 2008

SoundWaters – Environment & Business Committee – Committee Chairman, 2005 – 2008

Westchester County Planning Board – SEQR Review Committee, 2003 – 2008

Society of Wetland Scientists, 2003 – 2008

Connecticut Association of Wetland Scientists – (former) Vice President, 1997 – 2008

National Association of Environmental Professionals, 1994 - 2008

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