US issues wildlife protection guidelines for wind developers

The US Interior Department 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 will help shape intelligent siting, design and operation of the nation’s growing wind energy economy, according to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. They were developed through an intensive public process with significant help from the wind energy industry, state agencies, and wildlife conservation groups.

“We’re committed to working with developers to ensure that wind energy projects are built in the right places and operated in the right way,” he says, adding that the guidelines are “designed to achieve the best outcome for wildlife and wind energy development.”

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