NCTC Hosts Wind Energy Workshop

Wind Energy // Photo Credit: USFWS

Over 120 participants from within the Service, other federal and state agencies, NGOs, tribes, and the private sector have come together at NCTC to develop a better understanding of the Wind Energy Guidelines and Draft Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance. This workshop, hosted by David Cottingham, Senior Advisor to the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and assisted by expert presenters, is the first step in building an understanding for and ability to apply the Wind Energy Guidelines and Draft Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance.

Talk about a tall order. The developing technologies, the call for more energy resources, and the resulting impacts to federally protected migratory birds, bats and other wildlife from the siting, construction, operation and maintenance of land-based wind energy facilities make this a complex and urgent goal. “We’ve gathered people from all our involved Service Programs, industry, researchers, and the conservation communities to train and discuss how to implement the guidelines to better save birds, bats and other animals affected by wind power,” said David.

“Thanks to the help and support of NCTC, we are off to a great start,” said David. “We hope to learn from this training workshop and capture its critical elements to deliver to as many as five Regional sessions.” “It’s important for us to train and develop expertise especially in areas of our Service where there will likely be more wind power development.”

Although the Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance is currently in draft form and working its way through the approval process, Brian Millsap, National Raptor Coordinator for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, is delighted the draft guidance is being introduced during the workshop. “Being able to talk through the guidance is hugely helpful,” said Brian. “Even though it’s not approved yet, we can let everyone know its status and help make people aware of its intent.” Brian also stated, “By presenting the draft guidance we can help people see what the future can look like as we work to accomplish our goal of preserving eagles while achieving a pro-renewable energy balance.”

Follow this link to the Wind Energy Guidelines.

 -- published --  September 20, 2012
 -- photo credit --  USFWS

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