Wind energy is one of the most environmentally friendly means to generate electricity.
Right now, though, the wind industry is facing the prospect of unfair guidelines regarding the placement, or siting, of wind turbines – which will hinder the wind industry’s ability to deploy clean, homegrown power to the American people.
We need your help to set the record straight on wind energy’s economic and environmental impacts, and to make these regulations workable for wind project developers.
The wind energy industry worked through a Federal Advisory Committee (FAC) for two and a half years with states, wildlife conservation organizations, scientists, tribes, and federal officials to develop recommended siting guidelines that both protect wildlife and deploy wind power.
There was unanimous agreement on these recommendations. Through this process, the wind energy industry was voluntarily agreeing to be held to a higher standard for wildlife protection than any other industry in the United States. Unfortunately, the draft guidelines that have been proposed significantly deviate from those consensus recommendations.
If implemented, these regulations would put at risk hundreds of wind energy projects, tens of thousands of jobs, hundreds of millions of dollars in landowner revenue, and billions of dollars in investment and economic development, all without achieving benefits to wildlife beyond those available from less intrusive means.
These regulations fail to recognize the fact that expanding the use of wind power improves environmental conditions for wildlife because wind power has none of the harmful emissions, water use, mining, drilling and hazardous waste of other energy sources.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service needs to hear from you during their public comment period ending May 19.
Take action today to stand up for fair guidelines for the wind industry, and a clean energy future.
I write to express my concerns about the wind energy development and eagle conservation planning guidance drafted by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Considering that the wind industry’s impacts to wildlife are minor, particularly compared to other forms of energy and human activities, these guidelines are unfairly strict and will hinder the deployment of clean, homegrown wind power in America – on the scale of hundreds of wind projects and tens of thousands of American jobs.
FWS has failed to take into consideration the fact that expanding the use of wind power improves environmental conditions for wildlife because wind power has none of the harmful emissions, water use, mining, drilling and hazardous waste of other energy sources. While birds do collide with wind turbines at some sites, modern wind power plants are collectively far less harmful to birds than are radio towers, tall buildings, airplanes, vehicles and numerous other manmade objects. The National Academy of Sciences estimated in 2006 that wind power is responsible for less than 0.003% (3 of every 100,000) of bird deaths caused by humans and pets.
States, wildlife conservation organizations, wind energy industry representatives, scientists, tribes, and federal officials worked through a Federal Advisory Committee to submit consensus recommendations that are based on sound science and lay out a balanced path for both deploying wind power and protecting wildlife. Through this process, the wind energy industry was voluntarily agreeing to be held to a higher standard for wildlife protection than any other industry in the United States. Please move forward with their recommendations instead of implementing the current proposed guidelines.