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Wind Energy Training Materials
Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines: Research Update
April 23, 2014
Host Christy Johnson-Hughes of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is joined by researchers who provide summaries of their latest research. Cris Hein of Bat Conservation International discusses bat deterrent technologies. Wally Erickson of WEST, Inc., discusses an analysis of songbird fatalities due to collisions. Chad LeBeau presents research on how prairie grouse are affected by wind energy facilities.
Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines: Distributed Wind Energy, State Coordination, and Species of Habitat Fragmentation Concern
January 29, 2014
Host Christy Johnson-Hughes is joined by guests covering a variety of wind energy topics. Charles Newcomb of Endurance Wind Power provides the perspective of the Distributed Wind Energy Association and how the wind energy guidelines apply to smaller scale projects. Jennifer Norris with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources presents her experience working on wind energy issues in Ohio, and the tools that have been developed in that state. Finally, Kathy Boydston, the Wildlife & Energy Liaison for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, discusses the ongoing process of identifying "species of habitat fragmentation concern."
Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines Tier 4 Post-Construction Studies and Reporting
October 30, 2013
Christy Johnson-Hughes of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is joined by a special presenter on fatality estimation from the USGS and leads a roundtable discussion on post-construction studies and reporting. Manuela Huso (USGS), begins the broadcast with an enlightening presentation on fatality estimators. In the second hour, Christy is joined by Jerry Roppe with Iberdrola Renewables, returning guest Jeff Everett with the USFWS, and Special Agent in Charge Jill Birchell, with the USFWS Office of Law Enforcement in the Pacific Southwest Region. The roundtable discussion covers many common questions, and some less common, that are often raised regarding Tier 4 studies and reporting.
Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines Tier 3 and the Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance
July 31, 2013
Christy Johnson-Hughes of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is joined by guests covering a range of topics pertinent to wind energy development. Dr. Dale Strickland, of WEST, Inc., provided the results of a retrospective case study comparing the analysis performed at a wind energy facility to what the risk assessment would be if the Land-based Wind Energy Guidelines were applied today. Dr. Cris Hein, of Bat Conservation International, discussed the latest in Tier 3 pre-construction bat surveys. Finally, Alicia King and Brian Millsap of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service guided us through the new Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance, a tool available to help developers construct plans to address aspects necessary for an eagle take permit application under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.
Host Christy Johnson-Hughes and guests guide us through the “tiered approach” of the Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines to avoid and minimize impacts to wildlife and their habitats. Christy is joined by Taber Allison of the American Wind Wildlife Institute, Mary Connor of Edison Mission Energy, Jim Lindsay of NextEra Energy Resources, Stu Webster of Iberdrola Renewables, and fellow U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Jeff Everett of the Portland, Oregon Field Office.
Wind Energy Training Series for Voluntary Land-based Wind Energy Guidelines - Part 1
Wind Energy Training Series for Voluntary Land-based Wind Energy Guidelines - Part 2