July 15, 2021
Beginning in 2021, EPRI will begin a two-year effort with Xerces Society to develop a nationally recognized third-party verified Bee Better Certification program for electric power companies. We anticipate this initial effort to include solar sites, rights-of-ways, substations, and possibly more. EPRI and Xerces will work with ecologists, entomologists, power companies, solar developers, and other experts to develop a certification that is applicable, usable, and ecologically robust. We anticipate the new certification to be released in 2023 or 2024, followed by training for third-party verifiers.