Webinar #13 in WREN Environmental Webinar Series
January 17, 2018, 16:00-17:30 UTC (8:00 am PT/11:00 am ET)
The speakers will discuss smart curtailment from both the European and North American perspective.
Luísa Rodrigues, Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests Portugal
Luísa Rodrigues has worked at the Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests Portugal since 1987. She works mainly with bats (e.g., conservation, monitoring, impact assessment, public awareness, and applied scientific studies). She received her Master’s in Conservation of Animal Diversity in 1996 and her PhD in Ecology in 2008. Luísa is the Portuguese Focal Point for EUROBATS, and she coordinates the Intersessional Working Group on Wind Turbines and Bat Populations.
Luísa will discuss practical measures reduce bat fatalities at wind farms: smart curtailment, the European perspective. Between 2003 and 2016, around 8,300 fatalities of at least 28 bat species were found both accidentally and during post-construction monitoring studies in Europe. Taking into consideration this situation, different alternatives to decrease this negative effect will be explained and their implementation in different countries will be analyzed.
Christine Sutter, Natural Power
Christine Sutter is the Head of Environment for Natural Power in the US. She has worked on bat conservation issues since receiving her Master’s in Life Science and Bat Ecology in 1994. For the last 15 years she has focused almost exclusively on the interactions between wind and wildlife. During that time she has developed several patented technologies that minimize interactions between wind turbines and bats and condors. Her current focus is on SCADA-integrated detection and curtailment systems that minimize wildlife fatalities and maximize energy yield.
Christine will discuss smart curtailment for bats from a US perspective. She will describe a study that utilized real-time bat activity at the nacelle to trigger curtailment in real-time. This approach reduced bat fatalities by >80% and reduced impacts to energy yield by 40%. She will also discuss why bat exposure patterns are expected to make this approach useful and how to model this in advance of implementing smart curtailment.
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SEWC Conference January 25th, 2018
Please hold January 25, 2018 on your calendar for SEWC’s Southeast Wind Energy Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. SEWC, in partnership with AWEA, will be hosting a conference to present the most relevant updates and facilitate discussions around the most pressing issues relating to the advancement of wind energy in the region. We will follow up with more information on registration and an agenda as we finalize those details. Please contact Adam Forrer at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Make plans now to join us at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, January 28-31, 2018. The theme of the meeting is “Strengthening Natural Resources Through Collaboration.”
This annual event will attract over 1,000 biologists and students from state, federal, and tribal natural resources agencies from the Midwest, Great Plains, Rocky Mountains and Canadian provinces. Highlights include: nearly 400 technical presentations, poster displays, plenary sessions, networking opportunities and social events. Registration is now open. Visit the conference website to learn more.
Mark your calendar for the Canadian Wind Energy Association’s (CanWEA) annual Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Summit taking place in Toronto on January 30 – 31, 2018. With three years under our belt, this event is proving to be THE place to be to network with, and share information among, hundreds of top wind farm operators, turbine manufacturers and service providers in Canada. The 2018 Summit will cover the latest in technical innovations, operational strategies, turbine technologies and more. Programming will also include interactive, open working sessions on important topics such as health and safety, grid compliance and technician training.
As the wind energy industry continues to expand, so does the need for an evolving approach to operating the nation’s growing number of wind projects. Fortunately, there is no shortage of experience to draw from in this arena. Individuals from across industry sectors and across functional disciplines will join in San Diego in February to set a vision and plan for continued and expanded operational excellence in the wind industry.
The largest North American gathering of wind energy operational professionals and technicians, the AWEA Operations & Maintenance and Safety Conference is where the industry comes together to recognize unique challenges and identify solutions in four main sectors:
– Health & safety
– Workforce training & development
– Quality assurance