The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday announced that it has chosen a habitat conservation plan proposed by MidAmerican Energy Co. as the best solution to help preserve certain bat and eagle species at company wind farms. As part of the plan, MidAmerican Energy will establish conservation funds totaling nearly $10 million for statewide bat and eagle programs that will help bolster their populations. The company will seasonally adjust the wind speed at which a turbine begins to spin and produce energy, which studies show can reduce bat fatalities up to 58% while slightly decreasing electric generation output. The plan also includes measures to reduce bald eagle impacts at MidAmerican. There is now a 30-day period for the public to review the plan, after which the agency can make a final decision to issue a 30-year “incidental take permit.”