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7/18/2013 - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Final Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines
The wind energy industry holds itself to stricter standards for protecting wildlife than the law requires.

AWEA Fact Sheets
Read summaries wind energy basics and advanced topics.

AWEA Industry Awards
The AWEA Industry Awards program honors individuals and companies that have demonstrated excellence in advancing the wind energy industry.

AWEA membership benefits
The breakdown of membership benefits for AWEA.

AWEA Offshore Compliance Recommended Practices: for design, deployment and operation of offshore wind turbines in the United States
Recommended practices on the approval process for offshore wind turbines.

AWEA Transportation and Logistics Working Group
The AWEA Transportation and Logistics Working Group (TLWG) provides opportunities to learn about and share current strategies to improve transportation and logistics in the wind industry.

Bats & wind energy
The wind energy industry is working with scientists and wildlife regulators to reduce its impacts on bats and address other larger causes of bat mortality like the disease known as white nose syndrome.

Birds & wind energy
Bird collisions with wind turbines are a modest fraction of human-related avian fatalities. The wind energy industry is proactively taking steps to reduce even these modest impacts.

Corporate Purchasers of Wind Energy
Corporate and other non-utility customers represent a growing demand market for wind energy. These customers invest in wind both to lower emissions and to secure low-cost, fixed-price energy protected from fuel price fluctuations.

Eagles & wind energy
Eagle collisions with wind turbines cause less than two percent of all human-caused golden eagle fatalities, and only a handful of bald eagles in the history of the industry in the U.S. The wind energy industry is proactively working with scientists, regulators and conservation groups to reduce even these limited impacts.

Get Involved
Learn how to get involved as an advocate for wind energy.

Offshore wind and wildlife
Offshore wind energy will play a critical role in reducing pollution and mitigating the impacts associated with climate change, which represents a significant threat to wildlife.

Prairie chickens & wind energy
Lesser-prairie chicken populations are declining for a variety of reasons. The wind energy industry is proactively researching its potential impacts and evaluating and implementing conservation measures to reduce any impact wind turbines may have.

Production Tax Credit
Learn all about the PTC, including how it works, its current status and its history.

Property Tax Treatment of Commercial Wind Energy Projects
Read summaries wind energy basics and advanced topics.

Property values & wind energy
Numerous studies demonstrate that property values are not harmed long-term by wind energy development, and they can even increase as wind powers the local economy.

Public lands and wind energy
Millions of acres of public lands have the potential for wind farm development, but pursuing projects on public lands is more difficult, time-consuming and expensive than similar projects on private lands.

Sage grouse & wind energy
The sage grouse population has been declining for decades due a variety of reasons. The wind energy industry is studying its potential impacts on sage grouse and taking steps to avoid, minimize and mitigate its impacts.

Siting
Learn what goes into picking a location for a wind farm, as well as how wind energy affects wildlife, health and property values.

Siting of power lines
Many challenges exist to permitting power lines – and letting wind power travel – across state lines and federal lands, but more federal siting authority can help.

Sound: wind energy and human health
The credible peer-reviewed scientific data and various government reports in the U.S., Canada, Australia and the U.K. conclude that wind turbines do not negatively impact human health. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world live near and work at operating wind turbines without negative health effects.

The Cost of Wind Energy in the U.S.
Wind energy is one of the most affordable forms of electricity today. Recent improvements in turbine technology has reduced the cost of wind energy, allowing electricity consumers and utilities to lock in low, affordable electricity rates through 20 to 30 year contracts.

Transmission 101
Learn the basics of the U.S. transmission system, including how it is managed and by whom across the country, and how electricity supply and demand is balanced.

Transmission grid operations, integration & reliability
How the transmission grid works, and how wind energy is reliably integrated into the system.

Turbine Timeline:
Learn the full history of the American Wind Energy Association, as well as the wind energy industry itself.

U.S. Energy Incentives
Energy Incentives or subsidies at the Federal and State level have long been used in the U.S. to encourage investment in domestic, homegrown, affordable energy production with every energy source receiving government support today. Incentives to spur domestic and secure energy production have come in many forms over the past century, such as tax breaks, direct investment, research & development, government risk insurance, and favorable market rules or regulations. Support for U.S. wind power enhances energy diversity and energy security, promotes rural economic development, supports domestic manufacturing, protects consumers from price volatility and reduces power sector impact on the environment.

Whooping cranes & wind energy
Some of the windiest places in the U.S. overlap with whooping crane migration, but the wind energy industry is developing a plan in conjunction with federal and state wildlife officials to protect and preserve whooping crane flocks.

Wildlife
Climate change is the most significant threat to wildlife. As one of the leading solutions to mitigating climate change, wind energy plays a significant role in protecting wildlife. The wind energy industry is also taking steps to safeguard birds, bats and other wildlife.

Wildlife protection laws & offshore wind energy development in the U.S.
Wildlife protection laws & offshore wind energy development in the U.S.

Wind 101: the basics of wind energy
Learn how wind energy works, what it’s used for, and how it can improve our lives at home and at work.

Wind and reliability: baseload power
Wind energy is a growing part of a diverse generation mix with different resources providing some combination of all the features needed by grid operators to keep the lights on: energy, capacity and flexibility.

Wind energy site safety: Housekeeping maintains a clean site to keep workers injury-free
“Housekeeping” is another word for keeping the wind job site clean and orderly.

Wind energy and storage
Large amounts of wind energy are reliably being integrated into the electric grid without storage; while storage may be helpful for the electric grid in the future, it is not necessary to significantly expand the deployment of wind energy.

Wind Energy Conserves Water
Wind energy conserves water in the power sector. The power sector withdraws more water than any other sector in the United States, including the agricultural sector. In addition to the avoided emissions provided by generation of clean wind energy in the U.S., wind power can also reduce or avoids consumption of water, which is heavily relied on to cool thermal power plants.

Wind Energy Facts at a Glance
Find U.S. wind industry statistics on wind projects, turbines, installed capacity, manufacturing, states, resource potential, utilities, technology, jobs, regional development, environmental impact, and more.

Wind energy is beneficial to wildlife; industry proactively addresses impacts
Climate change is the most significant threat to wildlife. As one of the leading solutions to mitigating climate change, wind energy plays a significant role in protecting wildlife. The wind energy industry is also taking steps to safeguard birds, bats and other wildlife.

Wind energy is beneficial to wildlife; industry proactively addresses impacts
Climate change is the most significant threat to wildlife. As one of the leading solutions to mitigating climate change, wind energy plays a significant role in protecting wildlife. The wind energy industry is also taking steps to safeguard birds, bats and other wildlife.

Wind energy is beneficial to wildlife; industry proactively addresses impacts
Climate change is the most significant threat to wildlife. As one of the leading solutions to mitigating climate change, wind energy plays a significant role in protecting wildlife. The wind energy industry is also taking steps to safeguard birds, bats and other wildlife.

Wind Energy Lowers Electricity Prices
Analyses of Texas, New York, and the U.S. Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions show that energy prices dropped after wind entered the market.

Wind Energy Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Wind energy reduces greenhouse gas and other air pollutant emissions in the power sector.

Wind energy site safety: cranes
How to embed crane safety into wind project planning and construction.

Wind energy site safety: How to protect workers from falls
Fall protection is crucial to safeguarding wind energy workers.

Wind energy site safety: How to reduce hand injuries
Hand injuries are one of the most common injuries on wind energy construction projects.

Wind energy, backup power, and emissions
Wind energy almost always displaces natural gas or coal plants on the electric system due to their higher fuel costs, and wind adds very little incremental need for additional backup power generation beyond that already needed to accommodate the unexpected or planned outage of a fossil or nuclear plant.

Wind integration and reliability
Large amounts of wind energy are already being reliably and cost-effectively integrated with the grid in the U.S. and around the world.

Wind Power Transmission
Get the basics on the U.S. electric grid, the importance of transmission, how wind energy is integrated into the grid, and future transmission build-out

Wind turbine operations & maintenance
Learn about the phases of long-term turbine productivity: design, purchase, warranty, operations, maintenance, repair.

Wind turbines & military bases successfully coexist
The Department of Defense (DOD) has a robust review process for any wind farms proposed near military bases. This process works, and no wind project has ever been built that the DOD has objected to.


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