EGP and Ducks Unlimited, a New Sustainability Project Dedicated to North America’s Migratory Birds

28 Dec 2018

Enel Green Power is making a difference in the United States, where it’s become one of the most important benefactors of the non-profit organisation Ducks Unlimited, the recognition comes thanks to EGP’s sustainable activities to protect aquatic birds, including the famous bald eagle, in the area of its Rock Creek wind farm, in Missouri.

The bald eagle, one of the symbols of the United States, has a new defender.

It’s Enel Green Power, which Ducks Unlimited, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation of aquatic bird habitats in North America, has added to the list of its most important benefactors.

Enel Green Power has contributed 100,000 US dollars to Ducks Unlimited to fund habitat improvements within the Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge, a wetland area near EGP’s Rock Creek wind project, in Atchison County, Missouri. 

Located in northwestern Missouri roughly 25 miles from the Rock Creek wind project, the Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge is a federal wildlife refuge comprised of more than 3,000 acres of wetlands, grasslands and forests reserved primarily as feeding and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife.

This includes more than 400 bald eagles, the national bird of the United States of America, which live in the reserve especially in winter.

Sustainability from the Sky

Ducks Unlimited will use the funds towards projects that will promote and implement habitat management practices to benefit avian and associated species through the creation, restoration and enhancement of suitable habitat within the protected area.

Recent droughts in the region have caused fluctuations within the wetlands at Loess Bluffs and the funds from Enel Green Power will support projects aimed at stabilizing these critical habitats.

Under the terms of the three-year agreement, Ducks Unlimited will periodically report its progress to Enel Green Power on the status of the habitat improvements, including habitat management practices implemented, the number of acres of habitat created, restored, or enhanced.

In addition, Ducks Unlimited and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), are actively applying for a 1 million US dollars grant proposal via the North American Wetland Conservation Act (NAWCA) to fund projects throughout the middle Missouri River Valley in Iowa and Missouri.

The Rock Creek wind farm is Enel’s first project in Missouri and at 300 MW, currently the largest operating wind farm in the state.

Rock Creek is expected to generate approximately 1,250 GWh annually – equivalent to the energy consumption needs of more than 100,000 U.S. households – while avoiding the emission of about 900,000 tonnes of CO2 each year. Investment in construction of the project amounted to approximately $500 million USD, and the wind farm began operations in November 2017.

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