Altamont Pass Pre-Conference Symposium at 2017 Annual Meeting of the Western Section of the Wildlife Society @ Peppermill Resort
Feb 6 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 7 @ 3:00 pm
  • Monday 1-5:30pm, 7-9pm, and Tuesday 9am-3pm, February 6-7, Peppermill Resort
  • Requires separate registration, $80 early registration rate/$35 early registration rate for students/early career professional/retirees

The Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area (APWRA), located in central California’s San Francisco Bay Area, began industrial-scale wind energy production in the early 1980s. Soon thereafter, a “perfect storm” of conflict evolved between energy producers, scientists, politicians, regulators, consultants, and land owners surrounding the impacts of APWRA operations. Controversy erupted over the methods of reporting, monitoring and estimating avian and bat fatalities, the impacts of those fatalities on local populations, especially raptors, and the development and implementation of mitigation measures to lessen those impacts. This mix of interests spawned numerous lawsuits and settlement agreements between the various players, which have defined the direction and future of the APWRA. That future is leading to a repowering of the APWRA (replacing numerous smaller wind turbines with fewer next-generation mega-turbines). Efforts are underway to inform repowering with adaptive management and the latest science to site wind turbines carefully and reduce collision risk to golden eagles and other raptors. The APWRA is thus at a crossroads. This symposium will present in a series of talks an overview of the history of the APWRA, its controversies, science, and lessons learned, with the goal of promoting use of the information elsewhere to meet the challenges of balancing increasing wind-energy development with minimizing impacts to wildlife. A panel discussion with audience participation will follow the talks.  Any questions?  If so, please contact meeting organizer, Jeff Smith:

AWEA Wind Project Siting & Environmental Compliance Conference 2017
Mar 21 – Mar 22 all-day
AWEA WINDPOWER 2017 Conference & Exhibition
May 22 – May 25 all-day
Conference on Wind Energy and Wildlife Impacts @ Estoril Congress Centre
Sep 6 – Sep 8 all-day

The 4th Conference on Wind energy and Wildlife impacts (CWW 2017) will be held in Estoril, Portugal on 6 – 8 September, 2017.

Despite significant advances in recent years in our understanding of the impacts of wind energy on wildlife, challenges remain regarding planning and policy, assessment of direct and indirect effects on wildlife, methodological approaches, technology development, and mitigation strategies and their effectiveness. The CWW 2017 aims to maintain and promote the international cooperation among researchers, developers, regulators and stakeholders that over the years have contributed to building knowledge on this topic.

Based on the success of previous conferences, organizers expect to reach over 300 participants representing private and public companies, universities, professional groups and governmental agencies worldwide. The conference venue will include ample space for technical sessions as well as an exhibition area where developers, technology suppliers and other members of the industry can present their services and products.