Pacific Southwest Region
California, Nevada and Klamath Basin

Guidelines on Wind Energy Development Published in Federal Register

Feb 18, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 18, 2011

Contact:

Valerie Fellows
703/358-2285
valerie_fellows@fws.gov

Alicia King
703/358 2522
alicia_f_king@fws.gov

Guidelines For Wind Energy Development Published in Federal Register
Public Comment Period Closes May 19, 2011

On February 8, 2011, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released two draft documents containing guidelines designed to provide agency employees, developers, other federal agencies and state organizations information needed to make the best possible decisions in the review and selection of sites for wind energy facilities to avoid and minimize negative impacts to fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats. The guidelines have now been published in the Federal Register (February 18, 2011) and are now open for public comment for 90 days until May 19, 2011.  The documents are part of the department of the Interior’s ongoing efforts to improve siting and permitting of renewable energy projects.

The Draft Voluntary, Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines have been developed for industry to avoid and minimize impacts to federally protected migratory birds and bats and other impacted wildlife resulting from site selection, construction, operation and maintenance of land-based, wind energy facilities.

The Draft Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance was developed to provide interpretive guidance to wind developers, Service biologists who evaluate potential impacts on eagles from proposed wind energy projects, and others in applying the regulatory permit standards as specified by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and other federal laws.

Copies of the guidelines are available from the Federal Register using the following links:
Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance  or Land-Based Wind Energy Guidance.

Email comments can be submitted to windenergy@fws.gov. Please include “Wind Energy Guidelines Comments” or “Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance Comments” in the subject line, and your full name and return address in the body of the message. Please note that the email address will be closed when the public comment period closes.

Alternatively, you may submit comments or recommendations by mail to:

Wind Energy Guidelines
Division of Fisheries and Habitat Conservation
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
4401 North Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop 4107
Arlington, VA 22203-1610

or:

Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance
Division of Migratory Bird Management
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
4401 North Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop 4107
Arlington, VA
22203-1610.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife Conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service.

For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

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