WREN (Working Together to Resolve Environmental Effects of Wind Energy)

WREN was established by the IEA Wind Committee in October 2012 to address environmental issues associated with commercial development of land-based and offshore wind energy projects. As the operating agent for WREN, the U.S. leads this effort with support from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Wind Energy Technologies Office. The primary objective of WREN is to facilitate international collaboration and advance global understanding of potential environmental effects of wind energy.


Developed in 2009 by PNNL to support the DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office and Water Power Technologies Office, Tethys facilitates the exchange of information and data on the environmental effects of wind and marine renewable energy technologies and serves as a commons for wind and marine renewable energy practitioners, therefore enhancing the connectedness of the renewable energy community as a whole.

Bats and Wind Energy Cooperative (BWEC)

BWEC is an alliance of experts from government agencies, private industry, academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations that cooperate to develop and disseminate solutions to reduce to the greatest extent practicable or, where possible, prevent mortality of bats at wind energy facilities.

American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)

AWEA is the national trade association representing wind power project developers, equipment suppliers, services providers, parts manufacturers, utilities, researchers, and others involved in the wind industry – one of the world’s fastest growing energy industries. In addition, AWEA represents hundreds of wind energy advocates from around the world.

Partners in Flight (PIF)

PIF is a network of more than 150 partner organizations distributed throughout the Western Hemisphere. PIF is engaged in all aspects of land bird conservation including science, research, planning, policy development, land management, monitoring, education, and outreach. PIF was launched in 1990 in response to growing concerns about declines in the populations of many land bird species, and in order to emphasize the conservation of birds not covered by existing conservation initiatives.

Avian Knowledge Network (AKN)

The overarching goal of the AKN is to improve the conservation of birds and their habitats through the use of data, the best available science, and open, collaborative partnerships.

The Wildlife Society Renewable Energy Working Group

The Renewable Energy Working Group focuses on wildlife and ecological issues associated with the siting, construction, and operation of renewable energy facilities.

North American Wind Energy Academy (NAWEA)

NAWEA is composed of universities, research laboratories, and industry participants dedicated to coordinating wind energy research and education activities in order to advance the state of wind energy technology and to develop the next generation of wind energy engineers, researchers, scientists, and innovators.

California Offshore Wind Energy Gateway

The Offshore Renewable Wind Energy Gateway assembles geospatial information on ocean wind resources, ecological and natural resources, ocean commercial and recreational uses and community values. This information will help identify areas off of California that are potentially suitable for wind energy generation.

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