Collaboration on Solutions for Wind Energy and Wildlife

10th Anniversary Documentary

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Solving Wind-Wildlife Challenges for a Sustainable Energy Future

A Challenge …

With over 100 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

44

Number of companies and organizations that support and partner with AWWI

33+

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

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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.

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Report

2nd Edition AWWIC Bat and Bird Technical Reports

The AWWIC (American Wind Wildlife Information Center) database is the most comprehensive database of post-construction fatality monitoring data from U.S. wind projects, incorporating both publicly available and contributed data. The 2nd Edition AWWIC Bat & Bird Technical Reports summarize bat and bird fatality data from wind energy facilities in the U.S. and provide guides for generating hypotheses about bat and bird collision risk at wind energy facilities.

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News

On-Demand Content Available Now!

On-Demand content for the virtual 13th NWCC Wind Wildlife Research Meeting is available now! Register now to get access to over 75 presentations on the latest wind-wildlife research, and to join live workshops, sessions, and panels December 1-4. Visit the WWRM website to view the meeting schedule and to learn more!

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Publication

Patterns of Bat Activity and Mortality

A study published as an AWWI Technical Report investigates whether bat activity and mortality at wind energy facilities correlate with regional weather data, and whether these data could optimize wind turbine curtailment strategies that reduce bat collision fatalities.

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Journal Article

New Wind Wildlife Research Fund Publication on Bats and Wind Energy

A new peer-reviewed publication from the Wind Wildlife Research Fund, “Bat Activity Rates Do Not Predict Bat Fatality Rates at Wind Energy Facilities,” is now available!

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