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Environmental Impacts of Wind Energy

July 11, 2019
Emmetsburg News

by Johnathan Hladik

June 24, 2019 - Renewables have been the fastest growing energy source since 2017 when costs reached a key milestone. Costs dropped enough to make wind and solar the cheapest form of conventional energy. Rural communities often carry this infrastructure. This fact sheet looks at the environmental impacts of wind development.

Bird and bat species are a top concern for protection from wind turbines.

Especially key protected, threatened, or endangered species: Indiana bat, northern long-eared bat, little brown bat, tri-colored bat, and bald eagles.

Each developer must file for an Incidental Take Permit with the nearest U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Ecological Services Office, which sets a limit to the amount of damage by wind turbines to vulnerable species.

See The Democrat for the full story.



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