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Expanding Renewable Energy

Renewable energy—harnessing the power of the sun and wind—is the only long-term and the most economical option to reduce the climate change pollution produced by our current dependence on fossil fuels.

The National Wildlife Federation works to remove the barriers so that America and the rest of the world will quickly expand wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass energy to power a new clean energy economy for all Americans.

Making the Transition to Renewables

Transitioning from old fossil fuel power plants to new clean renewable energy generation requires both incentives to encourage utility companies to change, as well as new transmission lines to carry clean electricity from windy plains or sunny southern deserts to consumers in urban towns and cities. To help jumpstart significant investments in energy alternatives, the National Wildlife Federation is working to get a national renewable electricity standard adopted as part of comprehensive climate and energy legislation.

Developing a Well-Sited Renewable Energy Infrastructure

The National Wildlife Federation is also working with state and federal officials and private sector partners to guide renewable energy production and transmission lines away from critical environmental areas. Specifically, we are working to ensure that development of renewable energy sources and transmission lines are properly sited, and to prevent the development of any new transmission lines that support new coal or other dirty fuels.

Offshore Wind

The United States has tremendous potential for harnessing the wind for energy, especially off of our coastlines in the Atlantic. Offshore wind can provide power for millions of Americans while boosting the economy and creating permanent, well-paying jobs.

Sustainable Bioenergy

Biofuels and biomass energy produced by plants directly from the sun's energy can be used to produce some of our electricity and liquid fuels, and should be part of the solution to climate change pollution. The National Wildlife Federation is working to ensure that sustainable land use, carbon benefits, and environmental protections are in place so that the next generation of biofuels and biomass energy is done right.

Renewable Energy Siting

Wildlife-Friendly Renewable Energy

The ongoing transition from fossil fuel combustion to harnessing renewable resources from the sun and wind has resulted in a cleaner, brighter future for wildlife and habitat, which are facing increasing threats from a rapidly changing climate. New technology and rethinking the way the United States electric grid operates has led to advancements in renewable energy that would have been hard to imagine even ten years ago. However, there are costs associated with any form of energy generation, and it is important to ensure that the development of renewable energy sources avoids, minimizes and compensates for any impacts on wildlife.

More Wind Energy, More Conservation

Wind energy is growing rapidly across the United States. Several states, including Texas, now generate more than 10 percent their electricity from wind, and Iowa generates over 30 percent. As wind power expands, the National Wildlife Federation works to ensure that development occurs responsibly and in a timely fashion while protecting birds, bats, and other wildlife. The National Wildlife Federation partners with the American Wind Wildlife Institute, which brings together national conservation organizations, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and wind energy companies to accomplish that shared goal. AWWI advances the science needed for policy and practice, and fosters innovative "detect and deter" technologies and other tools and measures to protect and conserve wildlife and wildlife habitat while siting and operating wind energy projects.

Reducing the Impact of Renewable Infrastructure on Wildlife

The National Wildlife Federation supports an overarching landscape-level planning framework to ensure that renewable energy development, such as wind and solar, is designed in a manner that safeguards wildlife and sensitive lands while being cognizant of the need for such energy to be developed at the pace and scale needed to address the climate crisis.

New transmission lines and upgrades should avoid, minimize or effectively mitigate impacts to sensitive habitat and wildlife, and should be carefully planned, designed, and sited in order to efficiently incorporate renewable resources. Distributed generation, a grid that is able to support these systems, and energy efficiency should be encouraged wherever feasible in order to lessen the need for new transmission and new large scale energy generation projects.

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