Enel Green Power, DU to enhance Missouri refuge

Partnership to enhance more than 1,000 acres within Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge

Enel Green Power North America Inc. has teamed with Ducks Unlimited to enhance more than 1,000 acres within the Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge in northwest Missouri.

Loess Bluffs is a 7,000-acre refuge comprised of wetlands, grasslands and forests reserved primarily as feeding and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife.

“With this support from Enel Green Power, Ducks Unlimited will enhance crucial habitat at an important migratory point in the Mississippi Flyway,” said Mike Shannon, Ducks Unlimited regional biologist. “This project gives refuge managers the tools necessary to properly manage water levels on a large tract of refuge, providing healthy habitat for waterfowl and wildlife, including more than 400 bald eagles that reside there.”

Enel Green Power has committed $100,000 to the project, located near the organization’s Rock Creek wind project in Atchison County, Mo. Recent droughts in the region have caused fluctuations within the wetlands at Loess Bluffs and the funds will support projects aimed at stabilizing these critical habitats. Earlier this month, Ducks Unlimited named Enel Green Power to its Benefactor Roll of Honor, in recognition of the company’s shared commitment to conservation efforts at Loess Bluffs.

“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,” said Georgios Papadimitriou, CEO of Enel Green Power North America. “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.”

The Rock Creek wind farm is Enel’s first project in Missouri and is 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 tons of CO2 each year. Enel Green Power is a global leader in the green energy sector that includes wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and hydropower and is at the forefront of integrating innovative technologies into renewable power plants.

From left: Joan Heredia, EGP senior director of environmental permitting; Mike Shannon, DU regional biologist; Sage Jones, EGP assistant wind supervisor, Rock Creek Wind Farm; Christopher Hardy, EGP community relations manager; Dominic Lawrence, DU Director of Development.