Environment and Siting: Supporting Research on Impacts to Birds, Bats and Habitats from Wind Development

Report

Title: Environment and Siting: Supporting Research on Impacts to Birds, Bats and Habitats from Wind Development
Publication Date:
June 01, 2010
Pages: 2

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Citation

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (2010). Environment and Siting: Supporting Research on Impacts to Birds, Bats and Habitats from Wind Development. Report by National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). pp 2.
Abstract: 

Traditional fossil fuel resources used for generating electricity emit criteria pollutants, their precursor gases and greenhouse gases1. Wind-generated energy does not. Although there have been many life-cycle analyses of wind turbine systems, these studies focused on energy payback time and reduced fossil fuel emissions and they do not comprehensively analyze impacts to wildlife. However, concern for impacts to wildlife, including birds and bats, can be significant for wind energy development in some locations. In general, siting is a key factor in avoiding and minimizing impacts to wildlife.

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