Wind Energy

A Win for the Indiana Bat: D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Requires Analysis of Greater Protections for Endangered Species Impacted By Wind Energy Development

A Win for the Indiana Bat: D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Requires Analysis of Greater Protections for Endangered Species Impacted By Wind Energy Development

In an important decision, the court has ruled for the bats, setting a precedent which will mean more careful consideration of the environmental impacts of all federal decisions. 

CLC Urges Greater Protections for Birds and Bats From Wind Turbines in the Midwest

CLC Urges Greater Protections for Birds and Bats From Wind Turbines in the Midwest

The CLC is continuing its efforts to promote responsible wind energy development.  We collaborated with American Bird Conservancy, the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, and Union Neighbors United to drastically reduce the deaths of birds and bats, including federally endangered species.

Protecting the Endangered Indiana Bat

Protecting the Endangered Indiana Bat

We are arguing in court that the endangered Indiana bat deserves more protection than it is getting in the process for approving wind energy installations. We came across a study that concluded that the protections we would like to see implemented will cost about 1 percent of the power the wind turbines can generate. Wind turbines produce relatively little power from gentle breezes. Bats, on the other hand, avoid flying when the wind blows at the speed it takes to generate wind power efficiently.

CLC Files Friend of Court Brief for American Bird Conservancy

CLC Files Friend of Court Brief for American Bird Conservancy

On behalf of the American Bird Conservancy, the Conservation Law Center filed an amicus curiae — a friend of the court — brief in a dispute over the approval of the construction of wind turbines in Nantucket Sound. The case is being heard in the Federal District Court in Washington, D.C.

CLC Comments on the Draft Upper Great Plains Wind Energy Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

CLC Comments on the Draft Upper Great Plains Wind Energy Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

The CLC has submitted comments (together with American Bird Conservancy) on the Draft Upper Great Plains Wind Energy Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS). The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Western Area Power Administration are jointly seeking to streamline the environmental review process under the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act for wind energy development in the six state UGP region.