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Summary

The Center for Biodiversity Outcomes is developing a decision-making tool to enable the Electric Power Research Institute to estimate the range of potential operational, reputational, legal and regulatory risks associated with compliance with the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA).

The ESA mandates that the U.S. Federal Government take actions to conserve threatened and endangered species and their associated ecosystems. Critical to the success of the ESA is engaging with the private sector to build understanding of how biodiversity conservation and business practices can be complementary and synergistic.

This tool will include an evidence-based comprehensive framework for assessing pre-compliance and compliance costs. It will not only provide critical value to decision-making in the private sector (e. g. providing cost-efficiencies, reduction of regulatory risks, enhanced stakeholder reputation), but will also increase awareness of sustainable practices.

It is particularly important for the power industry to estimate the costs of compliance concerning actions affecting species already listed or under consideration for ESA listing. Understanding these costs allows companies to make informed decisions around regulatory risk and understand protection for endangered species.

Partners

Electric Power Research Institute

Personnel

Funding

Electric Power Research Institute

Timeline

August 2018 — Ongoing