[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

when your community is targeted

Get weekly updates

RSS feeds and more

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate via Stripe

Donate via Paypal

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Campaign Material

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Wind Watch is a registered educational charity, founded in 2005.

News Watch Home

Japanese environment minister urges review of windfarm project 

Credit:  BirdGuides | 24/02/2019 | www.birdguides.com ~~

There are fears that replacing turbines at a windfarm in the north of Hokkaido, Japan, could pose significant problems for wintering eagles, with Japanese environment minister Yoshiaki Harada recently calling for a review of the proposal over the potential for bird strikes.

The Eurus Soya Misaki Windfarm, at Wakkanai on Cape Soya, produced an environmental impact assessment of its planned project, but Harada has urged a thorough review of the proposals. Both Steller’s Sea and White-tailed Eagles winter in Cape Soya in significant numbers and – furthermore – the turbines would also be situated in the middle of an important migratory flyway for various waterbirds.

Between 2007 and 2016 some 10 White-tailed Eagles were found dead beneath the current turbines, as they collided with the blades. Tokyo-based Eurus Energy Holdings Corporation began operation of the windfarm in 2005 and currently has 57 turbines, with a total power output of 57,000 kilowatts. The proposal lays out that all existing turbines would be removed and replaced with 15 turbines in the 4,000-kilowatt class.

In the statement issued by Harada, it was acknowledged that the turbines “contribute to the widespread use of renewable energy and are desirable as a measure against global warming”. However, it also pointed out the fear that the new machinery will continue to have a grave impact on birds, and indeed could increase the number of fatalities. The demands Harada put forward include not installing new turbines in places where eagles and other birds tend to fly, as well as adopting measures such as identifying migration paths and predicting the effect of the project.

The environment minister also submitted a written opinion in August calling for a drastic review of a windfarm project in north-eastern Iwate, on Japan’s main island of Honshu, by Eurus Energy Holdings, due to concerns over bird strikes involving Golden Eagles.

Source:  BirdGuides | 24/02/2019 | www.birdguides.com

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
   Donate via Stripe
(via Stripe)
Donate via Paypal
(via Paypal)


e-mail X FB LI M TG TS G Share

News Watch Home

Get the Facts
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.


Wind Watch on X Wind Watch on Facebook Wind Watch on Linked In

Wind Watch on Mastodon Wind Watch on Truth Social

Wind Watch on Gab Wind Watch on Bluesky