MidAmerican Launches Effort To Protect Eagles, Bats At Iowa Wind Farms

In a new plan filed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Des Moines, Iowa-based MidAmerican Energy Co. has proposed a series of measures to help minimize how turbines may impact bald eagles and four bat species at Iowa wind farms.

The company’s habitat conservation plan reflects insights learned from a four-year research effort covering most of MidAmerican Energy’s wind fleet.

The plan aims to help protect four bat species, including two that are federally protected, by modifying nighttime wind turbine operations during certain months and making additional operational changes at four wind farms where researchers found signs of increased bat activity in the area.