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Upper Great Plains (UGP) Wind Energy Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (DOE/EIS-0408)

Western Area Power Administration (Western) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) have jointly prepared this draft programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) to identify environmental impacts associated with various environmental review processes that could be implemented to evaluate requests for interconnection of wind energy projects to Western’s transmission system or requests for placement of wind energy project components in areas managed by the Service as wetland or grassland conservation easements in Western’s Upper Great Plains Customer Service Region, which encompasses all or parts of the States of Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

The draft PEIS assesses environmental impacts associated with wind energy development and identifies management practices to address impacts. Decisions regarding implementation of a programmatic process for environmental evaluations of requests for interconnection of wind energy projects to Western’s transmission facilities or for placement of wind energy elements on easements managed by the Service will be issued following the final PEIS as Records of Decision for each agency. Comments on the draft PEIS may be submitted electronically using the online comment form available on the project Web site (http://plainswindeis.anl.gov) or by mailing them to:

WESTERN/FWS Draft Wind Energy PEIS Comments
c/o John Hayse, Argonne National Laboratory
9700 S. Cass Avenue – EVS/240
Argonne, IL 60439

Comments must be postmarked no later than May 21, 2013.

Public meetings are scheduled for April 30-May 2, 2013. For more information please see: http://plainswindeis.anl.gov/involve/pubschedule/index.cfm

Draft EIS


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