US Fish and Wildlife releases Land-based Wind Energy Guidelines
Guidelines for siting wind turbines with respect to the:
- Migratory Birds Treaty Act
- Endangered Species Act
- and both the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Acts
The guidelines encourage developers and cities to take a tiered approach to building wind turbine systems in order to reduce bird collisions, minimize environmental damage while clearing land, consider impacts on immediate ecosystems from building a turbine, and monitoring the success of the project after it’s been built.
UPDATE: My concern, as a city planner, is with safety. Apparently they’ve exploded. I wrote about exploding turbines, here.