Backing for an avian study in Minnesota has been approved in the second round of a funding debate, although the amount has been scaled back from $100,000 to $75,000. The funding will be now considered by the state legislature in the spring, says John Dunlop of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). "We're in the process of trying to identify additional funding to make up the difference," he says. The Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCMR) approved $75,000 in funding for bird research in windy areas. The state is one of the regions with most immediate potential for wind development in the US. The research will compile existing information on bird populations and seasonal bird activities in areas with high development potential such as Buffalo Ridge. Matching funds of $72,000 have been committed by the US Department of Energy and $5,000 by Northern States Power. Services have been committed by Kenetech Windpower and AWEA.
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