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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 shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.


September 20, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Gulls ‘vulnerable to collisions’ with wind turbines, says new study

Research involving a colony of gulls on the Suffolk coast has shown the birds could be vulnerable to collisions with wind turbines while on migration, as well as during the breeding season. The study conducted by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), which is based in Thetford, saw solar‐powered global positioning system (GPS) tags attached to adult lesser black-backed gulls at three breeding sites designated as Special Protection Areas. They were Orford Ness, off the Suffolk Coast where 25 gulls . . . Complete story »


September 19, 2019 • GreecePrint storyE-mail story

Rare birds killed by wind turbines in Evros, Greece

The National Forest and Park Management Authority of Dadia, Lefkimi, and Soufli announced on Wednesday that two rare raptors were found killed recently next to wind turbines in south Evros, in northeastern Greece. On August 19, a lesser spotted eagle was found dead by a resident of Ferres in Evros, at the wind turbine park of Melia. Just two days later, the body of a rare cinereous vulture was spotted next to another wind turbine located near the village of . . . Complete story »


May 28, 2019 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines posing threat to birds: study

Although wind is a green source of renewable energy, a new study has revealed that wind turbines are posing a threat to lives of birds in their vicinity. Birds colliding with turbine blades are dying. Researchers were invited by two windfarm owners – one in Samakhiali in Kutch, Gujarat and the other in Harapanahalli, Davangere, Karnataka – to investigate bird mortalities in their farms. The study found 47 carcasses of birds belonging to 11 species in Samakhiali, among which were threatened species. . . . Complete story »


May 27, 2019 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms downing avian visitors

Two wind farms in Karnataka and Gujarat are providing fresh evidence over how green energy sources are turning out to be deadly for migratory birds. With an installed capacity of more than 32,000 MW, India is the world’s fourth largest producer of wind energy, planning to generate 60 GW by 2022. But the massive scaled up target may be counter-productive to the birds, particularly the migratory ones and raptors, suggests a new study. The new evidence comes from two commercial wind . . . Complete story »


April 12, 2019 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

California discusses protecting migratory birds after rollback of federal protections

Melissa Cortez-Roth with the California Wind Energy Association recently spoke out against the bill. “Our industry has not historically been prosecuted under the act, we believe that changes under this bill,” she said. “We are already subject to a number of best practice guidelines.” 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 »


January 11, 2016 • U.S.Print storyE-mail story

1916 Migratory Bird Treaty: a centennial anniversary of progress

The rate of avian deaths from wind turbines continues to grow. The USFWS estimates that 440,000 birds were killed by wind turbines in the US in 2009, and another 573,000 birds were killed in 2012. “In 2013, the USFWS forecast that bird deaths from wind energy operations will exceed one million by 2030,” says a report by the William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review. “Bird deaths at wind energy projects impact many species that are protected by the MBTA.” Complete story »


December 26, 2015 • U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Wind, birds and bats: recent legal migrations

Wind energy has rapidly migrated from a small to significant source of energy generation, resulting in increased attention to and regulation of wind energy’s impact on birds and bats. This article provides a high-level overview of recent developments and items to monitor in terms of wildlife protection. Enforcement To date, the federal government has entered into only two plea agreements (with PacifiCorp in December 2014 and Duke Energy in November 2013) with respect to alleged Bald and Golden Eagle Protection . . . Complete story »


September 14, 2015 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Big challenge as California ramps up wind power: Golden eagles

California’s history with wind power goes back decades – as do its troubles with turbines killing birds, including federally protected golden eagles. With state officials now planning to ramp up renewable energy, an uneasy tension exists between protecting wildlife, and fighting climate change. Ecologist Shawn Smallwood has found mangled eagles several times in wind farms like those at Altamont Pass, near Livermore. The place has a reputation for turbines killing birds. Alameda County estimates 35 golden eagles were killed there in . . . Complete story »


September 11, 2015 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Maui wind farm owner wants higher limit on bat, nene kills

SunEdison Inc., owner of two wind farms on Maui, wants the government to increase the number of endangered Hawaiian hoary bats its turbines are allowed to kill. SunEdison said it has confirmed three bat fatalities at the second of its two wind farms since it began operations in 2012. It is allowed to kill 14 bats over the 20-year life span of the second wind farm, which has 14 turbines. The company wants to be permitted to kill 80 bats. . . . Complete story »


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