Des Moines, Iowa – Most of your homes might be powered by MidAmerican Energy.
Yesterday, MidAMerican Energy filed a plan with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposing a series of measures to help minimize how wind turbines may impact bald eagles and four bat species.
The company’s habitat conservation plan involves adjusting a turbine’s ‘cut-in’ speed or the wind speed at which a turbine begins to spin and produce energy. Studies show the adjustment can minimize bat fatalities.
Bald Eagles will be safer with the proposed plan. It calls for wind turbine technicians on wildlife search protocols during turbine visits, and educating landowners about removing animal remains that attract eagles. The point is reducing the number of times eagles may come in contact with the turbines.