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AWWI releases new Issue Brief on eagle protection and wind power

AWWI releases new Issue Brief on eagle protection and wind power
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The American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI) recently announced the release of a new Issue Brief on Eagle Conservation, Research, and Wind Energy. The Brief provides an overview of some of the regulations related to eagle conservation and wind energy development, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's 2009 Eagle Rule and the proposed extension of the permit duration.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Issue Brief also covers the purpose of the Service's Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance, which is intended to aid wind developers in developing the conservation plans (including estimating take levels and avoidance, minimization, and mitigation measures that will be employed to fully offset the anticipated take) that form the basis for obtaining permits for eagle take under the 2009 rule.

Finally, the Issue Brief outlines a few of the ongoing research priorities for eagles in the context of wind energy development.
 

You can read or download the brief here.
 
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John M. Anderson is Senior Director of Siting Policy for the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). In this capacity Anderson is an industry leader in the area of siting policy and advocacy, and guides the industry in addressing siting issues as they relate to wildlife, sound/health impacts, property values, visual and cultural resources, aviation, and radar. He has long been involved in some of the key siting challenges facing the industry, including issues related to threatened and endangered avian and bat species. Prior to joining AWEA, Anderson was Eastern Regional Manager of Environmental Affairs for BP Wind Energy where he was the senior environmental permitting and policy advisor responsible for the development of new wind energy projects in the eastern half of the U.S. as well as management of post-construction environmental issues at BP Wind’s operating facilities across the U.S. Anderson has a B.S. in Environmental Science and Management and a minor in Environmental Law from the University of Rhode Island and has over 20 years of professional experience in the areas of environmental analysis, planning, permitting, and regulation.

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