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Interior Announces Onshore Wind Energy Guidelines; Voluntary measures will help wind energy developers minimize impacts on wildlife

March 26, 2012

Interior Announces Onshore Wind Energy Guidelines; Voluntary measures will help wind energy developers minimize impacts on wildlife
Source: U.S. Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior today released guidelines designed to help wind energy project developers avoid and minimize impacts of land-based wind projects on wildlife and their habitats. The voluntary guidelines will help shape the smart siting, design and operation of the nation’s growing wind energy economy.

Using a tiered approach, the guidelines provide a structured, scientific process for developers, federal and state agencies, and tribes to identify sites with low risk to wildlife, and to help them assess, mitigate, and monitor any adverse effects of wind energy projects on wildlife and their habitats. The voluntary guidelines, which take effect today, are designed to be used for all utility-scale, community-scale, and distributed land-based wind energy projects on both private and public lands.

+ Final Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines (FWS)
+ Fact Sheet (PDF)

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