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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 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 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.  A Record of Decision will be issued no earlier than 30 days after the final PEIS is announced in the Federal Register.


Federal Register Notice

Draft PEIS

Western and the Service held public meetings on the draft PEIS April 30 - May 2, 2013.  Comments were due May 21, 2013.

Final Biological Assessment

Final PEIS



For more information, please visit the Argonne National Laboratories website: http://plainswindeis.anl.gov

For further information on the Upper Great Plains Wind Energy PEIS, you may also contact:

Matt Marsh Regional Environmental Manager
Upper Great Plains Customer Service Region
Western Area Power Administration P.O. Box 35800
Billings, MT 59107-5800
Telephone: (406) 255-2810
FAX: (406) 255-2900
E-mail: mmarsh@wapa.gov

For information on the Service's participation in the PEIS, contact:

Kelly Hogan
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Mountain-Prairie Region
134 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, CO 80228-1807
Telephone: (303) 236-4355
Fax: (303) 236-4792
E-mail: Kelly_Hogan@fws.gov



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