Record-Setting NWCC Wind Wildlife Research Meeting Features Research on Progress and Solutions
The American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI) hosted another successful NWCC Wind Wildlife Research Meeting the week of November 28, 2016, in Broomfield, CO. The meeting set a record for attendance, with over 400 registrants representing the wind industry, consulting sector, federal and state agencies, academia, and conservation organizations.
Over the three-day meeting, participants heard from 37 presentations and 60 posters, sharing and learning from the most recent science in the wind-wildlife community. “We’ve been doing this for more than twenty years,” began Abby Arnold, AWWI Executive Director. “Today, wind energy is largest source of new electricity, providing 88,000 jobs and growing economic development opportunities across the U.S.”
This collaborative meeting was packed with research findings offering progress to wind-wildlife stakeholders and solutions that balance both wind energy development and wildlife conservation. Many sessions focused on eagles, with presentations on range and migration, topographic siting, monitoring protocols, and advanced tools for detection and deterrence. Extensive new studies on bats included refined turbine curtailment strategies, methods for estimating fatality, offshore behavior, and population level impacts for specific species.
“This meeting is about getting results that allow us to balance both wind energy development and wildlife conservation,” said Dr. Taber Allison, Chair of the meeting and AWWI Director of Research and Evaluation. “We’re excited to see the meeting and wind-wildlife body of knowledge continue to grow.”
Jocelyn Brown-Saracino of the U.S. Department of Energy announced the results of a recent funding solicitation on eagle impact minimization technologies, with awards to six teams, including two to AWWI’s technology verification program, which seeks to validate cost-effective commercial detection and deterrent systems. AWWI is thrilled for this continued support from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Thank you to all meeting sponsors, exhibitors, and participants for making the 11th NWCC Wind Wildlife Research Meeting a tremendous success.