As the use of wind energy expands across the United States, concerns about the impacts of commercial wind farms on bird and bat populations are frequently raised. Two primary areas of concern are (1) possible litigation resulting from the killing of even one bird if it is protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Endangered Species Act, or both; and (2) the effect of avian mortality on bird populations. To properly address these concerns, the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) supports scientifically based avian/wind power interaction research. In this paper I describe NREL's field-based research projects and summarize the status of the research. I also summarize NREL's other research activities, including lab-based vision research to increase the visibility of moving turbine blades and avian acoustic research, as well as our collaborative efforts with the National Wind Coordinating Committee's Avian Subcommittee.
Status of Avian Research at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Title: Status of Avian Research at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory
June 07, 2001
Conference Name: AWEA WINDPOWER 2001
Conference Location: Washington DC, USA
Sinclair, K. (2001). Status of Avian Research at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Paper Presented at the AWEA WINDPOWER 2001, Washington DC, USA.