Federal Resources

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

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The Wind Program leads the nation’s efforts to improve the performance, lower the costs, and accelerate the deployment of wind power technologies.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory


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.

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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).

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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.

Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance

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.

Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines were released in March 2012. The Guidelines are “designed to help wind energy project developers avoid and minimize impacts of land-based wind projects on wildlife and their habitats. The voluntary guidelines will help shape the smart siting, design and operation of the nation’s growing wind energy economy.’

Download the Guidelines

On April 9, 2012, NWCC and AWWI hosted a briefing on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines. The briefing included a presentation by FWS staff David Cottingham, Senior Advisor to the Director, and Christy Johnson-Hughes, National Energy Coordinator, followed by questions and answers.

To watch a recording of the webinar, please click here.
To view the presentation powerpoint, please click here.
To download the Wind Energy Guidelines, please click here.

To review the questions and responses that were not addressed during the webinar briefing, please click here. Responses were provided by the Service staff who presented on the webinar.

The Service is offering a training broadcast  series to cover the voluntary Land-based Wind Energy Guidelines and other relevant topics. The bimonthly broadcasts will cover emerging issues and provide direction for wind energy facility planning, development, and operations.

 U.S. Geological Service

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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