U.S. Department of Energy Request for Information: Wind Wildlife Operational Minimization and Compensatory Mitigation Research Needs
The Energy Department is inviting input from the public regarding a potential funding opportunity to
refine and improve wind turbine operational strategies for reducing impacts to bats and
validate tools for compensatory mitigation to help ensure that impacts to eagles at wind farms are offset by reductions in impacts outside of wind farms.
The deadline for responses is 12:00pm EDT on October 11, 2016.
Learn more about the Wind Wildlife Request for Information.
AWWI is pleased to release the 2016 update of Wind Turbine Interactions with Wildlife and their Habitats: A Summary of Research Results and Priority Questions. This document presents current scientific knowledge about the impacts of wind turbines on birds and bats in North America and how to avoid and minimize these impacts.
“The research summarized here is key to understanding and minimizing the impacts of wind turbines on birds, bats, and other wildlife,” said AWWI Director of Research and Evaluation
Webinar #8 in WREN (in cooperation with NYSERDA) Environmental Webinar Series
July 21, 2016 @ 15:00 – 16:30 UTC
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A recent publication proposes refinements to the model currently used by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to predict eagle take (that is, harm or fatalities to eagles) from collisions with wind turbines. The peer-reviewed study was commissioned by AWWI as part of its Eagle Conservation and Mitigation Initiative. Read more.
Click here to read this four-page brief, which includes essential information about bats and wind energy, including bat species that occur in the U.S. and Canada; bat interactions with wind turbines; legislation protecting bats; what we know about reducing bat fatalities from collisions with wind turbines; and what the future holds, particularly as wind expands in the Southeastern U.S. and turbines operate at lower wind speeds.
The next WREN Environmental Webinar, Wind Energy Development Impacts on Marine Environment, will discuss noise monitoring research and mitigation to help protect marine life from the impacts of wind energy development-related sounds produced during the building phases and types of foundations. It will last roughly 90 minutes with time for questions and answers at the end. Presenters include Frank Thomsen, DHI, Denmark, and Brandon Southall, Southall Environmental Associates. This webinar is part of International Energy Agency’s Wind Task 34 (also known as WREN – Working Together
U.S. Department of Energy Funding Opportunity Announcement: Eagle Impact Minimization Technology Development and Field Testing Opportunities
The Energy Department’s Wind Program issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to advance the readiness of technologies intended to reduce eagle mortalities at operational wind turbines or wind facilities. This FOA aims to expand technical options available for further development and testing and support the field testing and evaluation of near-commercial technologies. Register for the FOA webinar on Monday, June 27 from 11–12pm EDT.
About: The biennial Wind Wildlife Research Meeting, November 29 – December 2, 2016 in Broomfield, CO, provides an internationally recognized forum for researchers and wind-wildlife stakeholders to hear contributed papers, view research posters, and listen to panels that synthesize the most recent wind power-related wildlife research.
Abstracts: AWWI received a record number of abstracts for presentation at the meeting. Thank you to all who took time to prepare and submit abstracts for consideration. AWWI is coordinating expert review of all
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking comments on proposed revisions the regulations for permits for incidental take of eagles and take of eagle nests. A simultaneous public comment period also opens on a related draft programmatic environmental impact statement (DPEIS). In addition, the Service is releasing a scientific report (“Status Report”) on the current population status and trends of bald and golden eagles. The report serves as the scientific basis for the proposed management approach and rule revisions.
U.S. DOE Notice of Intent to Issue a Funding Opportunity: Wind Energy – Eagle Impact Minimization Technologies And Field Testing Opportunities
Recently the U.S. Department of Energy issued notice so that interested parties are aware of EERE’s intention to issue DE-FOA-0001554: “Wind Energy – Eagle Impact Minimization Technologies and Field Testing Opportunities” in the near term.
This FOA will solicit applications that propose projects supporting eagle detection, classification, and impact minimization technologies in three Topic Areas:
Topic Area 1 will intend to support research on eagle ability to sense and respond to stimuli, in an effort to identify signals that will serve as optimal