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Wind Energy, Wildlife, and Endangered Species


November 17, 2011


Washington, DC

Wind power generates about two percent of U.S. electricity, and some energy analysts project it will take a much larger share of the U.S. electric market by 2020. Wind power uses little water and generates virtually no traditional pollution, but its adverse effects on birds and other wildlife have arisen as a major issue. These effects are affecting the timing, location, and economic feasibility of new wind power projects, as disputes arising under the Endangered Species Act and related wildlife and conservation statutes may slow or prevent new installations or, as the Beech Ridge case showed, result in operating restrictions on existing projects. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published several sets of guidelines this year in an effort to address these issues in an orderly way, but the guidelines have proved controversial both with industry and environmental groups. This seminar addressed those wildlife and related legal issues from several points of view, including developers, environmental groups, and the federal government.


Lawrence R. "Larry" Liebesman, Partner, Holland & Knight LLP

Eric Drummond, Partner, Patton Boggs LLP

Eric Glitzenstein, Partner, Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal

Rick Sayers, Chief, Division of Consultation, HCPs, Recovery, and State Grants, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

David J. van Hoogstraten, Director, Policy & Regulatory Affairs, BP Wind Energy, North America, Inc.


Eric Drummond, powerpoint presentation

Eric Glitzenstein, powerpoint presentation
mp3 recording

Other related materials (free downloads from ELI) that may be of interest:

Siting Wind Facilities on State-Owned Lands and Waters

State Enabling Legislation for Commercial-Scale Wind Power Siting and the Local Government Role

This ELI Associate Seminar is made possible by the generous support of our members.