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US Wildlife looking at impact of accidental kills by wind farms

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is developing an environmental impact statement to evaluate the potential of issuing incidental take permits for protected bird and bat species if regional wind industry development grows. According to a news release by the service, the states within the plan are Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. It is called the Midwest Wind Energy Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan.
20 Jun 2015

Wildlife experts: Huron turbines could kill thousands of bats

The Service’s three-mile setback from Great Lakes shorelines is a recommendation based on areas along the shoreline identified as having the highest habitat value for migrating and nesting birds. Hicks said the agency cannot force developers to apply for permits, but killing an eagle and not having an incidental take permit can result in prosecution. The Service’s 2012 wind energy guidelines are voluntary for developers.
7 Mar 2015

Invest wisely in wind decisions

There are questions that need to be asked and answered so that decades from now our descendants can look back and see the wisdom of this era. What are the most prudent setback distances? Are a significant number of bats and birds at risk? Are they eagles, or sparrows? Yes, it would have been nice if the latest guideline by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was more helpful to developers in Huron County. But it was not. 
13 Dec 2014

Feds call for no coastal turbines — unless county thinks otherwise

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it is confident that land area within three miles of the Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay shorelines needs to be protected from wind energy development. ...the federal conservancy agency recommends Huron County include in its wind energy ordinance a “three-mile buffer inland from the shoreline that precludes development of wind power projects,” according to an Oct. 20 letter sent to the county.
17 Nov 2014

DNR: Windmills can pose threat to birds, bat populations

"The relationship between turbine development and bird death caused by collision with blades is predictable," Cleveland said. "If a lot of birds are known to move through an area and a developer decides to put up a windmill in that area, it's safe to say a lot of those birds would be killed by blades. Wind developers have to be careful about this."
26 Apr 2013

Wind project faces scrutiny

The future of a Garden Peninsula wind farm is uncertain, as its developers face government scrutiny about the farm's potential impact on migratory birds. Heritage Sustainable Energy recently received a written reprimand from the U.S. Department of Interior, but the company insists the issue has been addressed.
28 Nov 2011

U.S. Fish and Wildlife goes for birds, against Muskegon County's wind turbine plan

Muskegon County's effort to "go green" is running up against an unlikely foe: the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which says the county's proposal to erect wind turbines would endanger birds. County officials are considering installing three commercial-size turbines on a capped landfill at the county's massive wastewater site. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials have written a letter opposing the proposed project.
15 Apr 2010

Windmills on the Water? 'Potential is high' for offshore wind power

The windswept Great Lakes could play host to an industry some believe could help revive Michigan's comatose economy and fulfill state and national mandates for cleaner, renewable energy. ...Nothing's imminent, but state and federal environmental regulators are preparing for the possibility that utility developers may want to harness wind power from Lake Michigan and the other big lakes.
1 Mar 2009

Great Lakes wind plans must consider the risk to environment, regulators say

Imagine sections of the Great Lakes dotted with rows of gleaming, 12-story turbines, blades whirring in the stiff breeze as they generate electricity for homes and businesses onshore. It's only an idea - for now. But government regulators are bracing for an expected wave of proposals for offshore power generation in a region that never seems to run short of wind. Despite its allure as a plentiful source of clean energy, they say, offshore wind power could affect the aquatic environment and commerce.
31 Oct 2008
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