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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 22, 2019 • Oregon, WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Hoary bat numbers decline amid wind turbine expansion

Bats are facing multiple threats in the Pacific Northwest as both white-nose syndrome and wind turbines are threatening to decimate their population numbers, according to a study by Oregon State University—Cascades. The hoary bat – which does not hibernate but instead migrates south for the winter – faces an uncertain future because its numbers have declined at a rate of 2% per year, according to Tom Rodhouse, one of the authors of the study. The cause of the hoary bat decline is . . . Complete story »

September 22, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Big Island wind farm allowed ‘incidental take’ of 3 endangered species

KAILUA-KONA – Pakini Nui Wind Farm operator Tawhiri Power LLC’s request for incidental take of three endangered species has been been approved by state and federal officials. In exchange, the Ka‘u wind energy facility operator will implement a habitat conservation plan that includes a variety of measures to reduce the likelihood of take as well as off-site mitigation effort benefiting the Hawaiian hoary bat (ope‘ape‘a), Hawaiian goose (nene) and Hawaiian petrel (ua‘u). The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday announced . . . Complete story »

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 »

September 14, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Auwahi allowed to increase ‘incidental take’ of bats

Auwahi Wind Energy’s request to be allowed more accidental bat deaths at its wind farm in Kanaio was accepted by state and federal agencies, a company spokeswoman confirmed this week. Auwahi Wind Energy owns the 21-megawatt Auwahi Wind Farm on Ulupalakua Ranch land. It sought to increase its “incidental take” of ope’ape’a, or Hawaiian hoary bats, to 140, up from the 21 bats in its original application, through 2037. The final supplemental environmental impact statement to increase the bat deaths . . . Complete story »

September 13, 2019 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Researchers look into impact electric cables from offshore turbines could have on sharks, lobsters

Little is known about how marine life will respond to the electromagnetic fields emanating from the spiderweb of cables carrying electricity from the Block Island Wind Farm and the many other offshore wind-power installations planned for the East Coast. But a new series of studies by a team of oceanographers at the University of Rhode Island suggests that some organisms will definitely be impacted. “The concern is that DC [direct] currents generate permanent electromagnetic fields, and we don’t really know . . . Complete story »

September 12, 2019 • Oregon, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Hoary bat numbers declining at rate that suggests species in jeopardy in Pacific Northwest

The hoary bat, the species of bat most frequently found dead at wind power facilities, is declining at a rate that threatens its long-term future in the Pacific Northwest, according to a novel and comprehensive research collaboration based at Oregon State University—Cascades. The findings, published today in Ecology and Evolution, result from modeling based on field surveys across Oregon and Washington that began in 2003. Bat population declines are problematic for a host of reasons. Bats provide ecosystem services in . . . Complete story »

August 20, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarms bribe environmentalists for permission to kill 300 bats, 44 nene

Excerpts from four articles in the August, 2019, edition of Environment Hawaii and one from Maui News … After Paying $2.75M Bribe, Kawailoa Windfarm Gets Permit to Kill 160 More Bats EH: … “We’re not happy,” Lisa Spain told the room after casting the deciding vote to approve an amended Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) that would allow the state’s largest wind farm to kill 160 more endangered bats than the 60 it was originally allowed to. The 4-1-1 vote, held at . . . Complete story »

August 11, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Windenergie und Vögel: “Die Opferzahlen sind viel höher als gedacht”

Für die Befürworter der Energiewende ist es ein unbequeme Tatsache: Windkraft fordert immer mehr Opfer unter Vögeln, Fledermäusen und Insekten. “Gut fürs Klima, schlecht für die Natur?” heißt darum die Titelgeschichte des aktuellen GEO Magazins. Wir sprachen mit der Autorin Johanna Romberg über das Dilemma. GEO.de: Lange dachten wir, Windkraft würde niemandem schaden und allen nützen. Jetzt lesen wir, jedes Jahr würden Tausende Vögel und andere Tiere an den Rotoren zerschellen. Wie groß ist das Problem wirklich? Johanna Romberg: Das . . . Complete story »

August 10, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Decision coming on request for more bat deaths at wind farms

The federal government will decide next month whether to allow a higher number of accidental bird and bat deaths at two Maui wind farms. Auwahi Wind Energy is asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to allow an “incidental take” of 140 ope’ape’a, or Hawaiian hoary bats, up from the 21 bats it’s currently allowed to take. Kaheawa Wind Power II, meanwhile, is requesting to increase its incidental take of adult hoary bats from 11 to 38 and nene from . . . Complete story »

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