Where Is the Upper Great Plains Wind Energy Programmatic EIS Project Area?
Map and description of the Upper Great Plains Wind Energy Programmatic EIS project area.
The Upper Great Plains Wind Energy Programmatic EIS considers wind energy projects that would connect with Western Area Power Administration's transmission system in their Upper Great Plains Customer Service Region, or be developed on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's wetland and grassland easements in the same area, as shown on the following maps.
About the Western Area Power Administration's Upper Great Plains Customer Service Region
The Upper Great Plains (UGP) Region is one of four regions within Western's jurisdiction. The UGP Region sells power in Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota to wholesale customers such as towns; rural electric cooperatives; public utility and irrigation districts; federal, state, and military agencies; Native American tribes; investor-owned utilities; power marketers; the Bureau of Reclamation; and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
About the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Region 6 Wetland and Grassland Easements
The Service's Region 6, the Mountain-Prairie Region, encompasses an 8-state area including Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. The eastern portion of the region covers portions of the Great Plains, primarily the short-grass prairies, and the western portion includes the Rocky Mountains, and parts of the intermountain west beyond the Continental Divide.
Region 6 maintains a grassland and wetland easement program to support and enhance waterfowl populations in the Prairie Pothole Region, located in North Dakota, South Dakota, and eastern Montana. These "prairie potholes" and their surrounding grasslands are highly productive and support an incredible diversity of bird life. Once a vast grassland, this region is now an agrarian system dominated by cropland. Despite this land use change, millions of wetlands and large tracts of native prairie still remain. The Prairie Pothole Region is one of the most important migratory bird habitats in the Western Hemisphere.