[authors: Tanya C. O'Neill, Sarah A. Slack]
Effective March 19, 2012, are two recently issued nationwide permits that allow for discharges of dredged or fill material in conjunction with certain renewable energy projects. Nationwide Permit (NWP) 51 may be used for land-based renewable energy generation facilities, including solar, wind, biomass, or geothermal energy projects, while NWP 52 is to be used for water-based renewable energy generation pilot projects. These two new NWPs are intended to provide a mechanism for quickly evaluating and, where applicable, permitting land and water-based renewable energy projects in support of the Obama administration’s clean energy initiatives. The NWP permitting process is implemented by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) under the agency’s authority to regulate impacts to waters of the United States.