Documents for Order Instituting Investigation - Docket # 06-OII-1

Docket # 06-OII-1

Note: Not all documents submitted for this proceeding are posted on this page. For the complete list of all proceeding filings, please see the docket log.




Final Report

Download copy of final report: cover of final report

California Guidelines for Reducing Impacts to Birds and Bats From Wind Energy Development - Final Commission Report

(Acrobat PDF file, posted October 23, 2007, 165 pages, 6.9 MB)


Download copy of final report MINUS Appendix E
(Acrobat PDF file, posted October 23, 2007, 137 pages, 1.2 MB)


Final Approved Report Comments and Responses

Comments and Responses
This directory contains public comments on the final report, and Energy Commission and CDFG letters written to parties regarding the final report.
Updated: 12/26/07. (PDF files)



Documents for Workshops & Meetings




September 26, 2007 - Commission Business Meeting



August 13, 2007 - Committee Hearing



April 16, 2007 - Committee Workshop

  • Notice of Renewables Committee Workshop

    Dealine for Public Comments Extended - The Renewables Committee has extended the deadline for written comments on the revised draft California Guidelines for Reducing Impacts to Birds and Bats from Wind Energy Development to 5:00 p.m. on May 14, 2007.

    The Committee encourages specific comments, which include line and page numbers and recommended language.

    For instructions on how to submit comments, please refer to the April 16, 2007 workshop notice above.

  • April 5, 2007 - Notice of Availability of Staff Draft Report California Guidelines for Reducing Impacts to Birds and Bats from Wind Energy Development (Publication No. CEC-700-2007-008-SD / Docket No. 06-OII-1)
  • Transcript . Posted: April 25, 2007 (PDF 74 pages. 113 kb)
  • Documents for Workshop


February 5, 2007 - Committee Workshop



January 17 - 18, 2007 - Joint Staff Workshop (Riverside, Ca.)



November 2, 2006 - Staff Workshop on Research for Avian and Bat Issues in Wind Areas



September 27 - 28, 2006 - Staff Workshop on Guidelines Reduce Potential Impacts of Wind Energy Development to Birds and Bats



August 28 - 29, 2006 - Staff Workshop on Guidelines Reduce Potential Impacts of Wind Energy Development to Birds and Bats



July 28, 2006 - Staff Workshop To Seek Public Input on the Development of Statewide Guideline Reduce Potential Impacts of Wind Energy Development to Birds and Bats



June 9, 2006 - Committee Hearing on The Development of Statewide Guidelines for Reducing Wildlife Impacts from Wind Energy Development




Public Comments




Other Government and Organizations' Guidelines

Model State Guidance Document Governing Avian and Bat Impacts from Wind Facilities , Clean Energy States Alliance, November 07, 2006. (PDF file, 9 pages, 104 kb)

Survey Methods for Use in Assessing the Impacts of Onshore Windfarms on Bird Communities, Scottish Natural Heritage, November 2005. (PDF file, 50 pages, 496 kb)

U.S. GAO Report: Wind Power - Impacts on Wildlife and Government Responsibilities for Regulating, Developing and Protecting Wildlife, GAO-05-906, September 2005. (PDF file, 64 pages, 1/.4 MB located at: /www.gao.gov/new.items/d05906.pdf)

U.S. Dept. of Interior Bureau of Land Management Report: Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement on Wind Energy Development on BLM-Administered Lands in the Western United States, FES 05-11 June 2005. (PDF files located at: https://www.eh.doe.gov/nepa/otheragency/fes0511/index.html)

Wind Turbines and Birds - A Guidance Document for Environmental Assessment, Canadian Wildlife Service, Draft, July 2005. (PDF file, 40 pages, 232 kb)

Wind Turbines and Birds - A Background Review for Environmental Assessment, Canadian Wildlife Service, Draft, May 12, 2005. (PDF file, 81 pages, 336 kb)

Draft Guidelines for the Review and Evaluation of Potential Natural Resources Impacts from Utility-Scale Wind Energy Facilities in Vermont, State of Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, April 2006. (PDF file, 31 pages, 1.9 MB)

Service Interim Guidance on Avoiding and Minimizing Wildlife Impacts from Wind Turbines, U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, May 2003. (PDF file, 57 pages, 526 kb)

Wind Power Guidelines, State of Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, August 2003. (PDF file, 10 pages, 446 kb)

Best Practice Guidelines: Consultation for Offshore Wind Energy Developments, British Wind Energy Association, www.bwea.com/pdf/bwea-bpg-offshore.pdf. (PDF file, 42 pages, 4.1 MB)

Best Practices Guidelines for Wind Energy Development, British Wind Energy Association, www.bwea.com/pdf/bpg.pdf. (PDF file, 27 pages, 2.9 MB)





Energy Commission Background Reports & Other Documents

Wind turbine effects on avian activity, habitat use, and mortality in Altamont Pass and Solano County Wind Resource Areas. Document date 1992. Posted: December 6, 2006. (PDF file, 300 pages, 2.44 mb)

Letter from Kelly Birkinshaw, Calif. Energy Commission Program Manager, with advance information regarding November 2006 scoping workshop on PIER Roadmap. Posted: September 29, 2006. (PDF file, 6 pages, 567 kb)

Change to Science Advisory Committee, Posted: September 8, 2006. (PDF file, 1 pg, 20 kb)

RE: Process for Developing Voluntary Statewide Avian Guidelines, dated August 22, 2006. (PDF file, 2 pg, 70 kb)

Letter From Chairman Pfannenstiel and Commissioner Geesman To Senator Jim Battin, dated June 27, 2006. (PDF file, 1 pg, 30 kb)

Science Advisory Committee for Renewables Committee Proceeding 06-OII-1, dated July 12, 2006. (PDF file, 4 pages, 56 kb)

Letter From Chairman Pfannenstiel and Commissioner Geesman to Kern County Supervisor Don Maben, dated June 29, 2006. (PDF file, 1 pg, 20 kb)

Order Instituting Informational Proceeding, Order #06-0524-9, California Energy Commission, May 24, 2006. (PDF file, 3 pages, 46 kb)

Letter to California County Planning Departments, dated April 13, 2006. (PDF file, 2 pages, 76 kb)
Includes Attachment A, "Science Advisory Committee Criteria and Duties"

Letter to January 2006 AWEA-Audubon Conference Participants, dated April 13, 2006. (PDF file, 3 pages, 88 kb)
Includes Attachment A, "Science Advisory Committee Criteria and Duties", and Attachment B, "List of Recipients"



The Trend of Golden Eagle Territory Occupancy in the Vicinity of the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area: 2005 Survey PIER Program Energy-Related Environmental research. Posted 9/20/2006. Publication # CEC-500-2006-056. (Acrobat PDF, 17 pages, 553 kb)

Permitting Setbacks for Wind Turbines in California . PIER Program, Energy-Related Environmental research. Posted January 3, 2007. CEC Publication # CEC-500-2005-184. (PDF file, 35 pages, 1.0 MB)

Repowering the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area (APWRA): Forecasting and Minimizing Avian Mortality Without Significant Loss of Power Generation PIER Program Energy-Related Environmental research. Posted 1/14/2005. Publication # CEC-500-2005-005. (Acrobat PDF, 23 pages, 1.7 MB)

GUIDE TO RAPTOR REMAINS: A Photographic Guide for Identifying the Remains of Selected Species of California Raptors PIER Program, Energy-Related Environmental research. Posted 3/14/2005. Publication # CEC-500-2005-001. (Acrobat PDF, 115 pages, 43.9 MB)

An Annotated Bibliography of Avian Interactions with Utility Structures - 2004

Developing Methods to Reduce Bird Mortality in the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area. PIER Program report, Energy-Related Environmental research. Date online 8/9/2004. Publication # 500-04-052.

A Roadmap for PIER Research on Avian Power Line Electrocution in California. PIER Program report, Energy-Related Environmental Research. Posted 12/24/2002. Publication # 500-02-072F. (Acrobat PDF, 655 kb)

A Roadmap for PIER Research on Avian Collisions with Power Lines in California. PIER Program report, Energy-Related Environmental Research. Posted 12/24/2002. Publication # 500-02-071F. (Acrobat PDF,655 kb)

A Roadmap for PIER Research on Avian Collisions with Wind Turbines in California. PIER Program report, Energy-Related Environmental Research. Posted 12/24/2002. Publication # 500-02-070F. (Acrobat PDF, 69 pages, 608 kb)

Golden Eagles in a Perilous Landscape: Predicting the Effects of Mitigation for Wind Turbine Blade-Strike - Consultant Report. PIER Program, Energy-Related Environmental Research. Date online. 07/2002. Publication # 500-02-043F. (Acrobat PDF, 72 pages, 2 MB)

Effects of Wind Energy Development: An Annotated Bibliography, Energy Commission, May 1996, publication number 700-96-001CN, Not Available On Line.)

Avian Collision and Electrocution: An Annotated Bibliography, Publication Number: P700-95-001, October 1995. (Note: Updated in 2004, above.)