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Arnett, Edward; Johnson, Gregory; Erickson, Wally; and Hein, Cris
Synthesis of operational mitigation studies to reduce bat fatalities at wind energy facilities in North America
We conclude that increasing cut-in speed between 1.5 and 3.0 m/s or feathering blades and slowing rotor speed up to the turbine manufacturer’s cut-in speed yields substantial reductions in fatality of bats. Given the magnitude and extent of bat fatalities worldwide, the conservation implications of our findings are critically important. Research efforts should continue to focus on incorporating additional variables, in addition to wind speed (e.g., temperature, time of night, bat activity) into treatments and explore using automated systems to . . . Complete article »
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