Wind-wildlife collaboration and outreach will continue through AWWI, NREL, and others
Over the past 27 years, the National Wind Coordinating Collaborative addressed many issues. Wind energy and wildlife was a priority topic as the NWCC recognized that wildlife issues needed to be addressed for wind energy to meet its full capacity. The NWCC was initiated and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and has been a unique forum providing a scientific foundation as well as outreach and collaboration on understanding interactions and solving challenges for wind energy and wildlife. The NWCC also provided an example for other efforts, including the American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI), the Bats and Wind Energy Cooperative (BWEC), Tethys, and more.