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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.


August 31, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

MidAmerican plan aims to reduce number of eagles, bats killed by wind turbines

As Iowa’s crop of wind turbines grows every year, officials with the state’s biggest utility are taking extra steps to make sure those turbines, namely their whirling blades, don’t spell danger for Iowa’s bald eagle and bat populations. MidAmerican Energy on Thursday filed a plan with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service aimed at minimizing wind turbine impacts on bald eagles and four bat species. The plan is part of MidAmerican’s request for a 30-year U.S. permit to allow for . . . Complete story »


August 26, 2018 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Do hares benefit from wind farms?

With their tall turbines and rotating blades, wind farms often take the lives of bats and birds. But windmills could be life-savers for black-naped hares, suggests a preliminary study. Researchers find that these hares use a wind farm much more than forested areas in remote Karnataka. Wind energy was long touted as ‘green’ until scientists began quantifying its various ecological costs, including the direct toll it takes on wildlife. Birds and bats often collide with the blades of wind turbines . . . Complete story »


August 14, 2018 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms want permission to kill more bats — A lot more

Wind turbines are proving to be more of a menace than expected to opeapea – endangered Hawaiian hoary bats, the islands’ only native land mammal. As a result, three wind energy farms are requesting increases in the amount of bats they are allowed to “take.” “Take,” according to the Endangered Species Act, includes harassing, harming, pursuing, hunting, shooting, wounding, killing, trapping, capturing or collecting the animals. In 2012, the farms received federal and state permits that allowed them to take a . . . Complete story »


August 4, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed wind farm hits snag, as site was flagged for conservation and houses lizards and wombats

Part of a $300 million wind farm proposed for a Mid North site – which houses an endangered lizard population – was previously flagged for conservation by the state Environment Department, the Sunday Mail can reveal. And wildlife lobbyists are now raising concerns about the project’s impact on the local wombat population. A lack of funding meant acquisition of a grazing property – part of which would house the Twin Creek Wind Farm – never went ahead in 2013, the . . . Complete story »


August 1, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Critically endangered Scottish wildcats’ habitat to become wind farm

Conservation groups have criticised the Scottish government over a plan to turn a publicly-owned forest, which is a habitat for critically endangered Scottish wildcats, into a wind farm. Concerns were first raised when independent conservation group Wildcat Haven found 13 critically endangered Scottish wildcats living in the publicly-owned Clashindarroch Forest, Aberdeenshire. The forest had already been placed on a list of priority areas for wildcat conservation, but has now been designated for a wide-ranging logging project and the construction of . . . Complete story »


July 3, 2018 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

LEEDCo wind project OK’d, but must show plan it will not harm birds and bats to operate at night

The Ohio Power Siting Board has recommended the state allow the construction of the first-ever wind turbine project in Lake Erie, but developers must have a still-to-be-approved bird monitoring plan in order to operate at night, except during the deep of winter. The Lake Erie Energy Development Co., or LEEDCo, has spent more than five years negotiating with the OPSB in response to its demands for additional information on the impact of the wind farm on the environment. Construction is . . . Complete story »


June 18, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm threat to iconic Aussie bird

A well-known species of Australian bird could stand in the way of a massive wind farm planned for a site near Geelong. WestWind Energy is proposing to build a 228-wind turbine facility on land at Rokewood, about 60km north-west of Geelong. The company estimates 25 brolgas could be lost over the 25-year life of the wind farm, and is planning to restore three wetlands used by the birds near the farm. However it is not saying how much it will . . . Complete story »


June 17, 2018 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

How many bald eagle deaths from a ND wind farm can wildlife officials accept?

FARGO – Wind farms are hailed as a source of clean, renewable energy. But even wind energy supporters acknowledge that those spinning wind turbine blades impose an environmental cost: dead birds. Consequently, federal wildlife officials are mulling a morbid question involving a large North Dakota wind farm: How many bald eagle deaths do they consider acceptable for a bird that is legally protected and hallowed as a national symbol? Their tentative answer: About one per year, or up to five dead . . . Complete story »


May 15, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Fears over tree felling threat to wildcats in Clashindarroch Forest

A wildcat group is concerned about the impact of tree felling on the population of the animals in Clashindarroch Forest in Aberdeenshire. Wildcat Haven, which has footage of a large cat in the forest, claims the Forestry Commission is carrying out “extensive commercial exploitation”. It also fears plans for two large wind farms will threaten the wildcats. Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) said the management of forests created a very good environment for wildcats. FES is an agency of the Forestry . . . Complete story »


May 15, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wildcat conservation group launches campaign to protect Clashindarroch Forest

Fears have been raised that without immediate action from the Scottish Government, the tiny population of wildcats in the region – some of the last in Scotland – could be lost forever to make way for windfarms and toilet paper production. Complete story »


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