“At Enel Green Power, we are committed to making all of our projects as sustainable as possible and supporting the communities in which we operate beyond the energy we produce. We are proud to support this initiative with Ducks Unlimited for improvements at Loess Bluffs, which serves as a vital wildlife habitat, as well as a cherished educational and natural resource for the local community.”
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.
“With this support from Enel Green Power, Ducks Unlimited will enhance more than 1,000 acres at Loess Bluff National Wildlife Refuge. This project gives refuge managers the tools necessary to properly manage water levels on a large tract of refuge, providing healthy habitat for waterfowl, wildlife and the more than 400 bald eagles who reside there.”
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.