Interior announces wind energy guidelines

The Department of the Interior has 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 are intended to help shape the siting, design and operation of the U.S. wind energy economy.

Using a tiered approach, the guidelines were created to 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 are effective as of March 23, are designed to be used for all utility-scale, community-scale and distributed land-based wind energy projects on both private and public lands.

To download a copy of the final guidelines, go to http://www.fws.gov/windenergy/docs/WEG_final.pdf.

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