It has taken five years, but a new set of guidelines to protect wildlife from the impacts of land-based wind energy projects was announced by the US Fish and Wildlife Service today. If, looking them over, they seem familiar, that is because the draft guidelines were made available for comment last July.
The guidelines were developed by a committee made up of representatives from the wind power industry, non-government environmental organizations, and state wildlife departments. (There was also one representative of native tribes.)
These are just guidelines, with no regulatory teeth.
Photo credit: Joshua Winchell, courtesy US Fish and Wildlife Service