This section includes links to resources that may be helpful to stakeholders. The inclusion of information in this section does not imply endorsement by NWCC/AWWI.
U.S. Department of Energy
The Wind Program leads the nation’s efforts to improve the performance, lower the costs, and accelerate the deployment of wind power technologies.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the U.S. Department of Energy’s primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development.
- National Wind Technology Center: NREL’s National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) is the nation’s premier wind energy technology research facility.
- Wind-Wildlife Impacts Literature Database (WILD): WILD is a searchable bibliographic database of documents that focuses on the effects of wind energy development on wildlife.
Bureau of Land Management
Wind Energy Information: The BLM manages 20.6 million acres of public lands with wind potential. The BLM’s Lands and Realty Management program has authorized 32 wind energy development projects with a current total installed capacity of 581 megawatts, enough to supply the power needs of over 175,000 homes. In addition, the BLM has approved 170 wind energy site testing authorizations. (Source)
EIS for Western Federal Lands: The BLM Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) evaluates issues associated with wind energy development on Western public lands (excluding Alaska).
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Wind Energy Development Information
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. As part of this, the Service implements statutes including the Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. These statutes prohibit taking of federally listed species, migratory birds, and eagles unless otherwise authorized.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance (ECPG) provides specific in-depth guidance for conserving Bald and Golden eagles in the course of siting, constructing, and operating wind energy facilities.
U.S. Geological Service
The Energy Resources Program, in response to the Secretary of the Interior’s new Energy Frontier Wind Initiative, is charged with utilizing research, modeling, and monitoring to develop a quantitative methodology to assess the ecological impacts associated with the widespread development of wind-farms.
Wind Power-Related Research Projects at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center