Wind Power News: Wildlife
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.
An endangered native bat is at the center of a fight over a controversial wind farm proposal on Oahu’s North Shore. Concerned residents showed up for Monday’s contested case hearing for the Na Pua Makani project in Kahuku. The facility would include 8 or 9 wind turbines. The developer, Na Pua Makani Power Partners, considered different models ranging from 427 feet to 656 feet in height. A company spokesman said the wind turbine generators used in the project will be . . .
A hoary bat that came to Salthaven this week escaped the Grim Reaper's scythe after an altercation with a turbine, but it still sustained injuries shown by the bleeding from its ears, uncontrolled head turning (torticollis), and bulging left eye. Bats with irreparable lung damage often bleed from the mouth and die before they can be admitted to Salthaven.
According to 2016 bat mortality reports posted on the NextEra website, 85 dead bats were found during monitoring at 28 turbines at the Jericho wind project. There were 37 dead bats at 11 turbines at the Bluewater project and 95 at 19 turbines at the Goshen wind centre during the monitoring.
The state wildlife board has refused permission to the Kshema Power and Infrastructure Company, Dewas, for setting up a windmill project at Sailana tehsil of Ratlam districtas it is likely to disturb the habitat of the highly endangered Lesser Florican, also known as Kharmor locally, in the Sailana Wildlife Sanctuary. For the proposed plant, the company had sought nine hectares of land falling under P-172 of the Ratlam forest circle. However, since the project fell within the eco-sensitive zone (10 . . .
Scottish scientists are set to gain new insights into the lives and habits of the world’s most northerly resident population of bottlenose dolphins and how they are coping with wind turbines in the North Sea. The study is one of four new scientific projects selected as part of a pioneering £2.7 million investigation into the potential impact of offshore wind farms on society and the environment launched by the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC). The £300 million scheme, Scotland’s . . .
JAIPUR: In a Facebook post, scientist Sutirtha Dutta of the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, expressed regret that a juvenile Great Indian Bustard had died in Gujarat after hitting a transmission line of a windfarm. “Within months of tagging, two Great Indian Bustard in Kachchh, (Gujarat) a tagged juvenile female died after hitting a 33 kV transmission line connected to Suzlon Wind Turbines near Lala Bustard Sanctuary. Boy, did she move miles across a landscape intersected with hostile infrastructure. Shockingly, . . .
Camp Perry turbine would have set dangerous precedent. (Washington, D.C., June 29, 2017) American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) have won their campaign to stop a planned wind turbine in a major bird migration corridor close to the shores of Lake Erie. In response to a lawsuit by ABC and BSBO, the Ohio Air National Guard (ANG) has announced that it has not approved or authorized plans to install a large turbine at its Camp Perry . . .
OAK HARBOR, Ohio – For the second time since 2014, the Ohio Air National Guard has backed away from its plans to erect a commercial-scale, $1.5 million wind turbine at Camp Perry – a decision that the region’s biggest birding organization hopes will put an end to five years of contentious litigation and send a message to other would-be developers. “This is a very important victory for migratory birds,” said Kim Kaufman, executive director of the Oak Harbor-based Black Swamp Bird Observatory. . . .
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Ohio Air National Guard said today that it disapproves of a plan to build a large wind turbine at Camp Perry, handing birding groups a decision they hailed as “a huge win for migratory birds.” The Black Swamp Bird Observatory, based in Ottawa County, teamed with the American Bird Conservancy in March to file a lawsuit seeking to block construction of the wind turbine, which they criticized as a “lethal bird-killing machine” for bald eagles and . . .
[On Thursday, 22 June 2017, the Bundestag amended the Federal Nature Conservation Act to allow wind energy companies to kill more bats and birds. (link)] Vor Weihnachten geht es alle Jahre wieder um Plätzchen und Pakete, Gänse und Geschenke oder Karten für das Weihnachtsoratorium. Da bleibt kaum Zeit im Kopf für anderes – wenn zum Beispiel eine geplante, höchst brisante Gesetzesnovelle zum Bundesnaturschutzgesetz (BNatSchG) ohne großes Aufsehen auf den Weg gebracht wird. Zentrale Belange des Naturschutzes sollen im Rahmen dieser . . .