Collaboration on Solutions for Wind Energy and Wildlife

10th Anniversary Documentary

Spring Valley, Pattern Energy

Solving Wind-Wildlife Challenges for a Sustainable Energy Future

A Challenge …

With over 90 gigawatts installed in the U.S., wind energy continues to expand, providing jobs, energy security, and helping reduce emissions. Like all forms of energy production, wind can pose some risks to wildlife. There is a need to accurately assess these risks and produce cost-effective, science-based solutions.

… That We Can Solve

Through collaboration and credible science, AWWI and partners are developing solutions to pave the way for a sustainable, clean energy future where wind energy and wildlife can both thrive.

1,270

Reports in AWWI's searchable Documents Library

40

Number of companies and organizations that partner with AWWI

33+

Number of technologies being developed worldwide intended to avoid and minimize collisions

Lee Jay Fingersh/NREL, Flickr, licensed under CC BY 2.0

A Groundbreaking Collaboration

We are a partnership of leaders in the wind industry, wildlife management agencies, and science and conservation organizations who collaborate on a shared mission:

To facilitate timely and responsible development of wind energy while protecting wildlife and wildlife habitat.

AWWI Partners

Enabling Sustainable Results

Study

AWWI uses novel approaches to assess risk and reduce uncertainty. This informs permitting, siting, and operation to advance wind energy and improve conservation.

Solve

Technology makes it possible to minimize impacts to birds and bats. Collaborative research identifies priorities and informs best practices to avoid, minimize, and offset impacts.

Act

Through outreach and collaboration, AWWI shares the latest research and helps partners implement wind-wildlife solutions.

Story Series

Success Story on Technology Solutions

Machine learning and artificial intelligence are becoming a part of our daily lives, so it should come as no surprise that they’re being used to make wind energy safer for birds and bats. Read the final story in AWWI’s success story series on Flying Safe: Using Technology to Protect Wildlife

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USFWS Mountain-Prairie, Flickr, licensed under CC BY 2.0

Story Series

Success Story on Eagle Conservation at Wind Farms

Bald and golden eagles face significant threats from human activity. While wind turbines cause relatively few eagle deaths, the wind industry, conservationists, and scientists are working together to minimize risk to eagles from wind turbines.

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Story Series

Success Story on FAA Lighting at Wind Farms

“The biggest event in wind turbine lighting that almost no one has heard of.” Cross-sector research on the effects of FAA lighting on wildlife is helping ensure lighting regulations don’t pose a risk for birds and bats.

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Grouse Mountain, Flickr, licensed under cc BY 2.0

White Paper

Technology Integration White Paper

A new white paper provides guidance on the technical details for integrating wildlife impact minimization technologies into operating wind energy facilities.

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