Electricity is a safe and clean form of energy, but it’s no secret that we all should take steps to ensure that the process from generation, transmission, and consumption is sustainable and environmentally responsible. At Silver Run Electric, our focus is on transmitting electricity across the high-voltage portion of the electrical grid – moving electricity around the region so it’s available where businesses and homes need it. So how do we make sure we’re doing our part to protect the environment in the Mid-Atlantic while reliably serving the electrical needs in the region?
First, we make the environment a priority in every project we do. From the conceptualization phase, through construction, and into operation, our focus is apparent every step of the way. A lot of this happens on paper, conducting studies and adjusting our design to avoid sensitive resources altogether.
We avoid disturbing sediment near oyster beds and use equipment that is safe for migrating shad, herring, and sturgeon. Our transmission structures are designed to protect birds as they fly and perch. We even study the worms and other fauna in the riverbed sediments to learn about the diversity and density of the life in the project area.
In the field, we get to employ some interesting and cutting-edge technologies to minimize project impacts. Some of our practices are more familiar like using wooden mats to avoid disturbing areas where archeological resources might be located.
We also reach for more interesting techniques where appropriate like using air cranes – helicopters capable of precisely lifting heavy transmission structures – to preserve sensitive tidal marsh areas. By far, the most unique approach SRE is planning is the use of the vertical injector tool to install our electric cables. In fact, SRE will be the first to use the technology in the U.S. With an incredibly fast installation – days and weeks compared to years with conventional equipment – we’re able to adapt the construction schedule to protect spawning fish.
As we continue work on the Silver Run Project to strengthen the electric grid for improved stability, reliability, and efficiency in Delaware and across the Mid-Atlantic Region, taking measures to protect the environment is always top of mind.
David Wilson, SRE Environmental Engineer, describes it this way: “Every step in this project has been evaluated for its ecological footprint.”