Enabling Coexistence Options for Wind Energy and Wildlife (ECO Wind)
Sustainable deployment of land-based wind energy requires a balance of conservation, energy, and economic goals. Enabling Coexistence Options for Wind Energy and Wildlife (ECO Wind), initiated by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory with support from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, supports efforts to reduce wildlife impacts at land-based wind energy facilities with monitoring and minimization technology solutions.
Through research, outreach, and engagement, ECO Wind works to close knowledge gaps, support collaborative organizations, and disseminate scientifically credible information. Research reduces uncertainty surrounding wind-wildlife interactions and sheds light on drivers of risk. Outreach ensures science-based results and resources are accessible to key stakeholders. Engagement builds and maintains trust among the wind-wildlife community.
Receptors of Concern
ECO Wind focuses its activities on three groups of wildlife:
Wildlife & Wind Energy Webinar Series
National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Defenders of Wildlife hosted a nine-part webinar series, Wildlife and Wind Energy: Considerations for Monitoring and Managing Impacts, to help familiarize stakeholders with the nuances of land-based wind energy development in the context of species conservation. Held from September through December 2021, the webinar series helped attendees understand a variety of topics ranging from species-specific discussions and methodologies for reducing impacts on wildlife to regulatory and financing perspectives on effective mitigation strategies for species protection.
- Webinar #1: History of wind energy and wildlife interactions and overview of the webinar series
- Webinar #2: Federal and State Perspectives on Environmental Review of Wind Energy and Wildlife
- Webinar #3: Grouse - Considerations for developing wind energy in grouse habitat
- Webinar #4: Bats - Methodologies and technologies used to study impacts of wind turbines on bats
- Webinar #5: Eagles: Permitting process and best practices for monitoring and mitigation
- Webinar #6: Communicating Results: How to identify and produce robust monitoring reports
- Webinar #7: Impact Reduction Strategies for Eagles and Bats
- Webinar #8: Understanding wildlife minimization in the context of development and financing
- Webinar #9: Future Priorities for Wildlife & Wind Energy - Multi-stakeholder perspectives on challenges and opportunities
National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Renewable Energy Wildlife Institute are hosting a four-part webinar series, Compensatory Mitigation for Land-based Wind Energy, that will introduce regulations that influence compensatory mitigation for wind energy projects and explore real-world examples of how compensatory mitigation is applied in practice.
- Compensatory Mitigation Webinar 1: Regulatory Landscape
- Compensatory Mitigation Webinar 2: Funding Mechanisms
- Compensatory Mitigation Webinar 3: Grouse Management and Conservation
- Compensatory Mitigation Webinar 4: Thinking Outside the Box
View additional archived webinars on the Environmental Webinars page and sign up to receive invitations to future webinars here.
- U.S. Wind Turbine Database
- Wind Integration National Dataset (WIND) Toolkit
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines
ECO Wind Partners
Any questions related to ECO Wind can be directed to the following individuals, who are leading the effort: