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Welcome to the Service’s Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee webpage.  The Committee came to a consensus agreement on a set of recommendations on March 4, 2010. These recommendations have been provided to the Secretary of the Interior and will be used in the development of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wind Turbine Guidelines.

Committee Background

On October 24, 2007, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced the appointment of 22 individuals as members of the Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee.  The Committee was formed and functioned in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).  The scope and objective of the Committee, as outlined in its charter, was to provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary on developing effective measures to avoid or minimize impacts to wildlife and their habitats related to land-based wind energy facilities.  The Committee members represented the varied interests associated with wind energy development and wildlife management.  In March 2010, the Committee provided its recommendations to the Department of the Interior. The recommendations were used by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to develop its Draft Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines, published in February 2011. Two revised drafts were subsequently produced, incorporating public comment and further advice from the Committee. The Committee's Charter expired and the Committee was terminated in October 2011. Final Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines were announced in March 2012. Prior to its termination, Committee membership included:

Dr. Taber Allison, Mass Audubon
Mr. Dick Anderson, California Energy Commission
Dr. Ed Arnett, Bat Conservation International

Mr. Michael Azeka, AES Wind Generation
Dr. Thomas Bancroft, National Audubon Society
Ms. Kathy Boydston, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Ms. René Braud, Horizon Wind Energy
Mr. Scott Darling, Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
Ms. Aimee Delach, Defenders of Wildlife
Mr. Sam Enfield, MAP Royalty, Inc.
Mr. Greg Hueckel, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
Ms. Jeri Lawrence, Blackfeet Nation
Mr. Steve Lindenberg, U.S. Department of Energy
Mr. Robert Manes, The Nature Conservancy
Ms. Winifred Perkins, Florida Power and Light
Mr. Steven Quarles, Crowell & Moring, LLP
Mr. Rich Rayhill, Ridgeline Energy, LLC
Dr. Robert Robel, Kansas State University
Mr. Keith Sexson, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
Mr. Mark Sinclair, Clean Energy States Alliance
Mr. David J. Stout, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Mr. Patrick Traylor
, Hogan & Hartson, LLP

Visit the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wind Energy website for resources related to wind energy and wildlife.

For more information on the Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory please contact:

General Information:

Rachel London

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Division of Habitat and Resource Conservation
4401 N. Fairfax Dr., Room 840
Arlington, VA  22203

Phone:  703-358-2161
rachel_london@fws.gov

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

Final Recommendations

Legal White Paper

Committee Charter

Committee Groundrules

DRAFT DOCUMENTS

6.1 Draft Recommendations to the Secretary

Sixth Draft Recommendations to the Secretary

Fifth Draft Recommendations to the Secretary

Fourth Draft Recommendations to the Secretary

Third Draft Recommendations to the Secretary

Second Draft Recommendations to the Secretary

First Draft Recommendations to the Secretary (as presented at January 2009 meeting)

 

 
       
Last updated: April 30, 2013
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