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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 do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are reproduced here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.


February 6, 2019 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Bats facing killoffs from wind turbines, disease

Wind turbines are thought of as environment-friendly sources of energy, but for bats, they are a death trap. Amanda Adams, instructor of biology at Fort Hays State University, talked to a capacity crowd Monday night about the plight of the bats during a FHSU Science Cafe presentation titled “Bats: The Rock Stars of the Night.” Adams said bats are being killed by the millions by wind turbines. Curious creatures, the bats are drawn to the turbines, where they are either . . . 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 »


March 4, 2017 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed increase to Incidental Take of bat and nēnē at Kaheawa

The state is proposing to issue an amended Incidental Take License at Kaheawa Wind Power II above Mā‘alaea to increase the amount of deaths allowed for the Hawaiian hoary bat and the nēnē during facility operations. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources proposes to approve an amended Habitat Conservation Plan to increase incidental take for the Hawaiian hoary bat from 11 to 62 adults (or juveniles surviving to adult), and for nēnē from 30 to 48 adults (or . . . Complete story »


March 3, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Bats stand in the way of wind turbines

COLLINGWOOD – Citizen scientists have proven beyond a doubt there is a population of endangered little brown bats in the area where wpd Canada Inc. plans to erect eight 500-foot wind turbines. Evidence from three bat biologists was presented at the Feb. 28 appeal hearing of the Environmental Review Tribunal chaired by Dirk Vander Bent with panel member Hugh Wilkins in the Collingwood council chamber Feb. 28. Witness and bat ecologist Sarah Mainguy said building turbines on the Clearview Township . . . Complete story »


March 1, 2017 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms killing more bats than expected

As wind farms statewide are killing more Hawaiian hoary bats than expected, a Maui wind farm is asking the state to increase the amount of endangered bats and nene it’s allowed to incidentally kill. Kaheawa Wind Power II, a 21-megawatt generation facility that ascends the slopes of the West Maui Mountains above Maalaea, wants to increase its number of permitted bat fatalities from 11 to 62 adults and nene fatalities from 30 to 48 adults over the next 15 years. . . . Complete story »


February 25, 2017 • U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Turbine blades pose ‘substantial threat’ to migratory bats — study

The expansion of wind turbines across North America could drive one of the most common migratory bat species to the brink of extinction, according to a new study that calls on regulators and the wind power industry to take immediate steps to address the problem. The study, published this week in the journal Biological Conservation, investigated whether fatalities at wind power sites “could impact population viability of migratory bats, focusing on the hoary bat, the species most frequently killed by . . . Complete story »


February 25, 2017 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

State might let wind farm kill more bats

A Maui wind farm wants the government to increase the number of endangered Hawaiian hoary bats it is allowed to kill, after passing the limit 15 years ahead of schedule. SunEdison Inc., owner of the 21-megawatt wind facility called Kaheawa Wind Power II, requested to increase the amount of hoary bats the facility is allowed to kill to 62 from 11 bats over its 20-year project with the Department of Land and Natural Resources. DLNR proposed to approve the increase . . . Complete story »


January 28, 2017 • Press releases, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

A deadly double punch: together, turbines and disease jeopardize endangered bats

Wind turbine collisions and the deadly bat disease known as white-nose syndrome (WNS) can together intensify the decline of endangered Indiana bat populations in the midwestern United States, according to a recently published U.S. Geological Survey study. “Bats are valuable because, by eating insects, they save U.S. agriculture billions of dollars per year in pest control,” said USGS scientist Richard Erickson, the lead author of the study. “Our research is important for understanding the threats to endangered Indiana bats and . . . Complete story »


January 15, 2017 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms killing more bats than expected

Hawaii’s five major wind farms are killing endangered Hawaiian hoary bats at a much faster pace than expected. The wind farms have killed 146 Hawaiian hoary bats out of the 187 they are allowed. They’ve killed that many in 6.4 years while they were expected not to reach the total for 20 years or more. The wind farms have also killed at least 50 nene – the endangered Hawaiian goose and state bird – and 26 petrels, an endangered seabird. The state . . . Complete story »


August 7, 2016 • Germany, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Dangerous flights into wind turbines

Wind turbines attract bats. They seem to appear particularly appealing to female noctule bats in early summer. In a pilot study, researchers of the German Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin noticed this when they tracked the flight paths of noctule bats, Nyctalus noctula, using the latest GPS tracking devices. The bats managed to take even seasoned experts by surprise. The motive behind the study is the conflict between the exploitation of wind energy and the conservation . . . Complete story »


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