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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameWIND TURBINE GUIDELINES ADVISORY COMMITTEEAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2011Committee Number34726
Original Establishment Date Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date10/26/2011Committee URLhttp://www.fws.gov/habitatconservation/windpowe...
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*22
Current Charter Date10/26/2009Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date10/26/2011Designated Federal Officer First Name*David
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Cottingham
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*P.L. 16 U.S.C. 703-712; 16 USC 668-668d; 16 U.S.C 1531-1544; 42 U.S.C. 4371 et seq.; 5 U.S.C. App.Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 208-4331
Effective Date Of Authority*10/26/2007Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 208-6817
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*david_cottingham@fws.gov
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board
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RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation Status 
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee (Committee) advises the Secretary of the Interior and the Director of the Service (Director) on developing effective measures to assist the wind industry in avoiding or minimizing impacts to wildlife and their habitats related to land-based wind energy facilities. Members were selected who can effectively represent the varied interests associated with wind energy development and wind/wildlife interactions and have a policy-level perspective.
How is membership balanced?*There are 22 members on the Committee, including both representatives and special Government employees. Members are senior-level representatives for wind industry companies, nongovernmental conservation organizations, State agencies, tribes, and Federal agencies. The Committee also includes an independent expert on wind energy/wildlife interactions. Members were selected who have demonstrated expertise and experience in wind energy facility location, design, operation, and transmission requirements; wildlife species potentially affected and potential impacts; applicable laws and regulations; and current research on wind/wildlife interactions. This membership provides the needed fair balance of points of view and the functions to be performed.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*There was a lapse in meetings in early FY 2011 while the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service developed its Draft Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines that were based on the Committee's recommendations from FY 2010. The Committee then met four times beginning in April 2011, approximately once every other month.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*There are no other groups currently in existence that perform these duties. Establishment of the Committee is necessary and in the public interest. The development of wind energy, along with other renewable energy sources, in an environmentally sensitive manner is part of the Department's Promoting Responsible Energy Policy Initiative. This Committee is necessary to develop national guidance in an open and transparent process for the environmentally sensitive development of wind energy.
Why close or partially close meetings?All Committee meetings are open to the public.
Recommendation RemarksThe Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee provided its recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior on developing effective measures to avoid or minimize impacts to wildlife and their habitats related to land-based wind energy facilities on March 4, 2010. The Committee continued to provide advice and recommendations on final guidelines following the February 2011 release of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Draft Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines. The Service anticipates publishing final Guidelines by the end of the calendar year, and the Department of the Interior has determined that the Committee's advice and recommendations will no longer be needed.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentThe Service will finalize voluntary guidelines for use by the wind energy industry. These guidelines, being voluntary in nature, do not require new regulations or legislation.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed 
Outcome CommentThe most significant program outcomes associated with this Committee are recommendations to the Secretary on guidelines that will be used by Federal, State, and local governments, non-governmental organizations, and the wind industry.Number Of Grants Recommended 
Cost Savings*NoneDollar Value Of Grants Recommended 
Cost Savings CommentThe Committee did not make any recommendations for measures to reduce costs. However, the Committee did recommend that the Service share expertise and resources with State agencies, as appropriate.Grants Review Comment
Number Of Recommendations*55Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Committee submitted its final report to the Secretary of the Interior in March 2010. The report included a section of Policy Recommendations and also included recommendations in its chapter on implementation (Chapter 5).Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe Service is currently reviewing the Committee's recommendations. Actions have been taken to partially implement some recommendations. The majority of the recommendations are still under consideration and no decision has yet been made as to their use.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*13.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe Service is currently undertaking efforts such as the development of Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs), which in part will address some of the Committee's recommendations. The Service has also published several revised versions of Draft Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines that are based on the Committee's recommended guidelines.Access OtherYes
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentThe Committee website includes the ability to sign up for email updates. We maintain a list of interested parties and send out information and updates to this list via e-mail.
Agency Feedback CommentThe Service held a teleconference with Committee members to inform them that the Service Working Group composed of Regional employees would be convened to develop final guidelines using the Committee's recommendations. The Service met with the Committee four times in FY 2011, and provided updates at each meeting on the status of the Service's consideration of their advice.Narrative Description*The Committee assists the Department of the Interior by providing advice and recommendations on developing effective measures to avoid or minimize impacts to wildlife and their habitats.
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$225,485.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$46,409.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$8,071.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$5,327.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$12,500.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$297,792.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*2.00Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
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Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-009152WIND TURBINE GUIDELINES ADVISORY COMMITTEE2010
 COM-009923WIND TURBINE GUIDELINES ADVISORY COMMITTEE2009
 COM-011180WIND TURBINE GUIDELINES ADVISORY COMMITTEE2008