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Wind turbines kill fewer birds than do cats, cell towers

Wind turbines kill far fewer birds in North America than do cats or collisions with cell towers, says a study out Monday. As wind power expands in the United States, critics often blame giant turbine blades for bird deaths. What’s billed as the most comprehensive analysis ever of these fatalities says birds face far greater … Continue reading Wind turbines kill fewer birds than do cats, cell towers

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Wind farm operators also are seeking ways to reduce bird collisions

As wind power become more and more commonplace, one frequently hears about the dangers that wind turbines pose to birds. Multiple studies have looked at bird mortality due to collisions with these wind turbines. Indeed, estimates are that from 150,000 and 300,000 birds fall victim to wind turbines each year and with increasing numbers of … Continue reading Wind farm operators also are seeking ways to reduce bird collisions

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Bats killed by wind turbines at a wind farm in Nevada is down sharply

Federal land managers say the number of bats killed by wind turbines at a wind farm in White Pine County is down sharply from a year ago. Paul Podborny of the federal Bureau of Land Management’s Ely District Office says 23 bats have died at the Spring Valley Wind Farm so far this year compared … Continue reading Bats killed by wind turbines at a wind farm in Nevada is down sharply

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Wind power causes only a tiny fraction of bird deaths

Wind power is responsible for a fraction of a percent of human-caused bird fatalities. Yet the wind energy industry does more to scientifically evaluate and then avoid, minimize, and mitigate wildlife impacts than any other source of energy generation and the vastly greater forms of human impacts such as buildings, power lines, and telecommunication towers. … Continue reading Wind power causes only a tiny fraction of bird deaths

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Wind energy has the lowest environmental impacts of any source of electricity generation

Wind energy has the lowest environmental impacts of any source of electricity generation, with modern wind power plants collectively being far less harmful to birds than radio towers, tall buildings, and numerous other human-made objects. Regarding reliability and backup, changes in wind energy output occur slowly, since it typically takes hours for a weather event … Continue reading Wind energy has the lowest environmental impacts of any source of electricity generation

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8 Ways Wind Energy Companies Are Trying to Stop Killing Birds and Bats

J. Marijs/Shutterstock This story originally appeared on Grist and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk initiative. Hundreds of thousands of birds and bats are killed by wind turbines in the US each year, including some protected species such as the golden eagle and the Indiana bat. That’s only a small fraction of … Continue reading 8 Ways Wind Energy Companies Are Trying to Stop Killing Birds and Bats

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Millions of Christmas turkeys roasted by wind power

RES Group claims last December 25 enough wind power was generated to bake two million mince pies. Most people pine for a white Christmas, but the renewable energy industry has a different idea – keeping its fingers crossed for a windy day to power Britain through lunch and the Doctor Who Christmas Special, delivering a … Continue reading Millions of Christmas turkeys roasted by wind power

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American Wind Energy Association reacts to USFWS eagle permit ruling

Today, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) welcomes the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s (FWS) final rule to extend the total maximum duration of take permits allowed for under the 2009 Eagle Permit Rule. customized weight loss However, this rule must only be a first step in creating a rational and effective approach to eagle … Continue reading American Wind Energy Association reacts to USFWS eagle permit ruling

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Audubon report says wind turbines, wildlife can coexist in Maine

One of Maine’s top wildlife advocacy groups says there’s plenty of room in the state to accommodate animal habitat and wind energy development. In a report released Wednesday night, Falmouth-based Maine Audubon found that of the 1.1 million acres in the state where there’s enough wind to justify turbines, 933,000 acres don’t overlap with sensitive … Continue reading Audubon report says wind turbines, wildlife can coexist in Maine

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Wind energy, birds and wildlife: AWEA Statement Regarding Duke Energy MBTA Settlement

While we cannot speak to the specifics of this case as they are not public, based on our understanding of the settlement agreement this is a clear example of a wind company taking responsibility for unforeseen impacts to wildlife and providing conservation measures to not only offset those impacts, but also with respect to other … Continue reading Wind energy, birds and wildlife: AWEA Statement Regarding Duke Energy MBTA Settlement

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Wind Energy Threat to Birds Is Overblown

Wind energy is one of the cleanest, most abundant, sustainable — and increasingly cost-effective — ways to generate electricity. It is also one of the fastest growing electricity sources around the globe. mac os x snow leopard digital download In the United States alone, more than 13,000 megawatts of new capacity was installed in 2012, … Continue reading Wind Energy Threat to Birds Is Overblown

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Wildlife is safe with wind turbines

A new report by a wildlife expert claims that the Lake Erie wind turbine project called “Icebreaker” will have no significant biological impact on birds and bats near its operations. Dr. Paul Kerlinger said, “The weight of evidence gathered from studies conducted over many years is quite conclusive. Biologically significant impacts to any bird or … Continue reading Wildlife is safe with wind turbines

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Wind energy and wildlife

Wind energy development has increased substantially in the United States in recent years, from 2,742 megawatts (MW) of installed capacity in 1999 to more than 60,000 MW in 2012. You might expect that the windiest states would be the ones making the greatest strides in harnessing this renewable energy resource, but that isn

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Wind power does not strongly affect greater prairie chickens, seven-year study finds

Wind power development does not cause significant impacts to, and may in fact benefit, greater prairie chicken populations, according to the results of a seven-year study from a Kansas State University ecologist and his team.   The researchers–led by Brett Sandercock, professor of biology–discovered that wind turbines have little effect on greater prairie chickens, and … Continue reading Wind power does not strongly affect greater prairie chickens, seven-year study finds

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Wind turbines don’t harm prairie chickens

A seven-year study by a Kansas State University ecologist and his team has found wind energy development doesn’t ruffle the feathers of greater prairie chicken populations, according to a news release. The researchers — led by Brett Sandercock, professor of biology — discovered the grassland birds are more affected by rangeland management practices and the … Continue reading Wind turbines don’t harm prairie chickens

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American Wind Wildlife Institute database project moves ahead

Centralized database will securely collect and analyze decades of wind energy industry data to help reduce wildlife impacts The American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI) recently announced that its Research Information System (RIS), which is creating a centralized database to provide accurate analysis of wind energy wildlife impacts, has entered phase two of development. Once completed, … Continue reading American Wind Wildlife Institute database project moves ahead

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