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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

December 12, 2017 • IsraelPrint storyE-mail story

Tech solution mooted for wind turbines’ threat to Golan vultures

The developers of a large wind turbine project for electricity production on the Golan Heights are proposing the use of a system that will identify oncoming birds of prey and silence the turbines as they approach to prevent harming them. This offer is aimed at reducing the concerns of environmentalists about the possibility that birds will be hit by turbine blades. The Israel Nature and Parks Authority, however, is not convinced that this solution will prevent harm and continues to . . . Complete story »

December 11, 2017 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm seeks incidental take permit

KAILUA-KONA – The operator of Lalamilo Wind Farm has applied for a federal permit that would allow for the incidental taking of two endangered Hawaiian species during the project’s operation. Lalamilo Wind Co. is applying for an incidental take permit (ITP) that would authorize take of the endangered Hawaiian hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus semotus) and the endangered Hawaiian petrel (Pterodroma sandwichensis) as a result of the operation of the Wind Farm Repowering Project in Waimea. The permit, which also includes a . . . Complete story »

November 30, 2017 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm seeks to increase allowed number of bat deaths

Decades after the Hawaiian hoary bat was labeled an endangered species, its population remains a mystery to scientists – which is why Maui conservation groups are hesitant over one wind farm’s request to increase the number of bats it’s allowed to incidentally kill. Kaheawa Wind Power II, a 21-megawatt wind energy facility on the slopes of the West Maui Mountains, wants to increase the number of permitted bat fatalities from 11 to 62 adults and nene fatalities from 30 to 48 . . . Complete story »

November 30, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Organisations at loggerheads over raptor deaths at wind farms

Feathers are flying in a bitter row between gamekeepers and the RSPB over alleged raptor deaths at wind farms. The Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) is demanding comprehensive monitoring of turbine collision incidents. The bird charity agrees but has accused the SGA of “trying to deflect attention from widespread wildlife crime on grouse moors”. A leading Highland anti-wind farm campaigner says she warned the gamekeepers’ body years ago that it would be blamed for so-called bird strikes at wind farms. The . . . Complete story »

November 26, 2017 • IsraelPrint storyE-mail story

Israel cancels wind turbines project to spare a rare falcon

A project to erect nine wind turbines near Kibbutz Ein HaShofet in northern Israel, about 18 miles from the city of Haifa, in an ecologically sensitive area where the rare red falcons live, have been cancelled by the District Committee over the exceptional and disproportionate damage it would cause the environment, Haaretz reported Sunday. Or, in conceptual terms, an environmentally friendly program was killed on account of endangering the environment. The committee heard testimony last week that the rotating blades . . . Complete story »

November 26, 2017 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Researchers study impact of turbines on golden eagles

In January 2017, under the Obama administration, a rule was implemented that allows wind-energy companies to accidentally kill or injure eagles while operating high-speed turbines for up to 30 years. That is six times longer than the former rule, which was five years. The rule change also increased the number of eagles the companies can be permitted to accidentally kill or injure, but only under certain conditions. Complete story »

November 23, 2017 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Pourquoi les chauves-souris ne voient-elles pas les éoliennes ?

Le chiffre a de quoi effrayer : les éoliennes en France (6 000 aujourd’hui) pourraient avoir causé la mort de 1,6 million de chauves-souris sur la période 2002-15, selon l’Agence de l’environnement et de la maîtrise de l’énergie (Ademe). Si les auteurs de l’étude établissent une prudente fourchette entre… des décès entre 12 000 et 3,3 millions d’animaux, la surmortalité de cette espècedéjà déclinante est reconnue. Les chiroptères, qui chassent au crépuscule et la nuit, ne sont pourtant pas aveugles. Alors . . . Complete story »

November 7, 2017 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

The lesser prairie chicken: gone with the wind?

North on U.S. 270 to Woodward, Oklahoma, wind turbines own the horizon. They hover above rusting barns, cattle-guards and the barbed-wire fences that protect private land. When standing below, you feel the massive blades swoosh like flyswatters cutting through the air. As the wind picks up, the blades spin faster and the machines emit a soft mechanical whine: the sound of power generated by nature. The town, home to 12,000 people, lies in the northwest corner of the state. The . . . Complete story »

November 4, 2017 • NewsPrint storyE-mail story

New study pinpoints birds of prey as hardest hit by wind farms

A new study has revealed which bird and bat species are most at risk of collision with wind turbines, with birds of prey and migratory birds coming top of the list. This research is the first to take a global view of the problem, and pinpoints some possible solutions to allow birds, bats and wind turbines to share the skies with less conflict. In this uncertain age of climate change, countries across the world are on the search for greener . . . Complete story »

October 29, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Tasmanian electrical system claims wedge-tailed eagles

Figures show seven endangered wedge-tailed eagles have been killed by electricity infrastructure in the first four months of this financial year. The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment statistics show two eagles were killed at the Musselroe Bay wind farm in North East Tasmania. TasNetworks annual report for 2016-17 revealed 15 birds, including 12 wedge-tailed eagles, a white-bellied sea eagle, a grey goshawk and a masked owl were killed. Australasian Raptor Association spokesman Nick ­Mooney said the figures . . . Complete story »

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