A Historical Perspective of Wind-Wildlife Challenges: How this May Affect Distributed Wind

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Title: A Historical Perspective of Wind-Wildlife Challenges: How this May Affect Distributed Wind
Authors: Sinclair, K.
Publication Date:
July 08, 2014
Pages: 26
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Sinclair, K. (2014). A Historical Perspective of Wind-Wildlife Challenges: How this May Affect Distributed Wind. Report by National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). pp 26.
Abstract: 

Issue:

  • Wind turbines may impact wildlife (especially birds and bats) and habitats.
  • The discussion of wind’s impact on wildlife began in Altamont Wind Resource Area, California, in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
  • Small and distributed projects often face challenges on this issue as well.
  • Reducing challenges to project development accelerates deployment of appropriate wind energy (Wind Program focus area).
  • Supporting the 20% wind energy by 2030 initiative (Advanced Energy Initiative).
  • Accelerating wind energy capacity growth/developing domestic energy options (Energy Policy Act of 2005).
  • Real or perceived wildlife impacts can be a challenge for development.
  • Misinformation on potential of impacts is rampant.
  • Impacts are species- and habitat- specific.
  • Impacts are site-specific; micrositing is key to reducing impacts.
  • Potential impacts at a large wind farm will likely be different than at a single, small wind turbine.
  • Developers of distributed projects must still be aware of potential issues.
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