The initial webinar will focus on the regulatory mechanisms that determine requirements for compensation. The Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA) both require compensatory mitigation for individual species if adverse impacts occur at wind energy facilities. Experts will present U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state-specific policies and regulations, including recent policy updates for compensatory mitigation under the ESA, that influence the implementation of compensation measures. Some examples of on-the-ground implementation will also be provided, including one for California Condor.
Moderator: Shilo Felton, REWI
- Shauna Everett (USFWS, Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office)
- Matthew Stuber (USFWS, Division of Migratory Birds)
- Peter Sanzenbacher (USFWS, Palm Springs Fish and Wildlife Office)
- Katrina Smith (California Department of Fish and Wildlife)
This webinar is a part of the Compensatory Mitigation for Land-Based Wind Energy series co-hosted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Renewable Energy Wildlife Institute. This series is focused on the third step, compensatory mitigation, in the context of wind energy development. This four-part webinar series will introduce regulations that influence compensatory mitigation for wind energy projects and explore real-world examples of how compensatory mitigation is applied in practice.