Wind energy company pleads guilty to killing protected Golden Eagles

November 22nd, 2013 · by Garrison Frost

In a landmark case, a wind energy company operating in Wyoming has pleaded guilty to killed Golden Eagles. Golden Eagles are a protected species, and this is the first time the law has been enforced against a wind farm. In its plea agreement with the federal government, Duke Energy has agreed to pay a $1 million fine for killingĀ 14 eagles and 149 other birds at two Wyoming wind farms.

Categories: Alternative energy · Bird conservation · Wind power

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  • Michael Hutchins

    This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many other poorly sited wind facilities out there that are killing birds and bats. This illustrates the failure of voluntary guidelines for wind development. We need a strong regulatory framework for wind development, which includes identifying areas where wind energy should be prohibited altogether. This includes major migratory pathways, roosting and breeding sites and other sensitive habitats, particularly for threatened, endangered and protected species. Wind should not get a free pass; it is not “green” if it is killing hundreds of thousands of birds and bats annually. The industry is projected to grow x 12 by 2030, making the potential impacts that much greater. The time to get a handle on it is now. Renewable wind energy, yes, but it must be Bird Smart!