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The Pennsylvania Game Commission has released its first annual report detailing the results of the voluntary agreement between the agency and 20 wind energy companies that have vowed to avoid, minimize and mitigate impacts on wildlife in the commonwealth.

"Wind energy development in Pennsylvania and the nation is increasing, and with the creation of the Game Commission's Wind Energy Voluntary Cooperative Agreement, we are gaining more and more information on the impacts to birds and mammals," says Carl G. Roe, the Game Commission's executive director.

Roe noted that the information contained in this annual report will enable the Game Commission and wind energy companies to make more informed decisions in regard to siting wind projects, as well as mitigation methods for reducing mortality.

The data for this annual report was found by pooling information from the 20 wind energy companies who signed the Game Commission's Wind Energy Voluntary Cooperative Agreement.

So far, the companies that have signed the voluntary agreement are AES; Airtricity Inc., Competitive Power Ventures Inc. (Iberdrola), Energy Unlimited Inc., Freedom Wind Energy LLC, Gamesa Energy USA, Iberdrola Renewable Energies USA, PPM Atlantic Renewable (Iberdrola), ReEnergy LLC, UPC Wind Management LLC, U.S. Wind Force LLC, Acconia Wind Energy USA LLC, Global Winds Harvest Inc., Penn Wind, Laurel Hill Wind Energy LLC, Everpower Renewables, AMP-Ohio/MESA, Lookout Windpower LLC, Forward Windpower LLC and BP Alternative Energy.

In order to implement the Game Commission's Wind Energy Voluntary Cooperative Agreement, the agency has created four limited-term wildlife biologist positions within the Bureau of Wildlife Habitat Management dedicated to wind energy.

For more information, visit pgc.state.pa.us.

SOURCE: Pennsylvania Game Commission





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