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Why is USGS researching wind power? Why the USGS? 

In support of the Department of Interior’s Powering Our Future Initiative, the USGS will utilize research, modeling, and monitoring data to develop a quantitative methodology to assess the wildlife impacts at a national level.

 

The USGS has extensive experience assessing energy resources, and it’s that expertise that makes the USGS qualified to assess nationwide effects of wind energy development. One of the major reasons behind the success of USGS energy resource assessments is the scientifically robust methodology that underpins them. USGS energy resource assessments are publicly available and are externally, technically peer reviewed, and, just as importantly, are used consistently in each and in every assessment. That means that a USGS oil and gas assessment in Alaska provides has the same kind of information as a USGS oil and gas assessment in Texas or that a USGS geothermal assessment in California provides the same kind of information as a USGS geothermal assessment in Nevada.

 

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Tags: Alternative Energy, Wind Energy, Wind, Assessments