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Wind Power and Wildlife

Wind Power and Wildlife Photos

Maine Audubon advocates for investment in regional renewable energy, including wind power, because carbon emissions from fossil fuels represent the largest contributor to climate change. At the same time, we strive to understand the impact of wind power development on wildlife and wildlife habitat, and support siting of renewable wind energy in places that minimize those impacts.

Our report, Wind Power and Wildlife in Maine: A State-wide Geographic Analysis of High-Value Wildlife Resources and Wind Power Classes, identifies areas of the state that are most appropriate or least appropriate for commercial wind development as it impacts wildlife and wildlife habitat. It also assesses the feasibility of the State of Maine’s goal of generating 3,000 MW (megawatts) of electricity from on-shore wind power by 2030.

Where do our wind and wildlife resources overlap?

View the Interactive GIS map to zoom in and see areas of the state where our wind and wildlife resources overlap.