A first for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as well as the wind industry occurred last week when the service set conditions under which turbines used in both phases of the Buckeye Wind Project in Champaign County "must operate in order to protect the endangered Indiana bat, which has been found in the project's footprint," The Springfield News-Sun reports. The agreement establishes that 130 Indiana bats can be killed throughout the life of the project, which equals 5.2 bats per year. In addition to requiring the wind farm to "operate in a way that is designed to protect the local bat population" by varying their cut-in speeds "depending on their location and the time of year," the agreement also requires Everpower Renewables, the company in charge of the project, to "protect and improve 217 acres of Indiana bat habitat near a hibernation area in Preble County" in an effort to "mitigate those losses and protect the species," the article said. For more, read the full story.