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03/10/2010

Department of the Interior Announces Way Forward for Responsibly-Sited Wind Development

Late last week, a 22-member advisory committee reached a consensus on a set of draft recommendations designed to minimize the impacts of wind farms on wildlife and its habitat.  This is a vitally important step as we work to make our habitats resilient to climate change while balancing the need for renewable energy necessary to stop climate change.

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According to the Department of the Interior (DOI), the Wind Turbine Guidelines Federal Advisory Committee report lays out a decision-making framework to guide all stages of wind energy development, looks at landscape-scale planning, and relies on the best available science.  Secretary Salazar has said that he will review these reommendations as DOI crafts its guidelines for wind development on public and private lands.

To read more about the committee and see the draft report click here.

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