10 Years of Collaboration on Solutions for Wind Energy and Wildlife

Success Stories in Wind and Wildlife

Spring Valley, Pattern Energy

Solving Wind-Wildlife Challenges for a Sustainable Energy Future

A Challenge …

With over 89 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

36

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.

Golden Eagle By ahisgett, Flickr, licensed under CC BY 2.0

Report

Results of DTBird Evaluation

AWWI’s Technology Innovation program completed a pilot test of DTBird, a technology designed to detect and deter birds, to evaluate its ability to detect and deter large raptors and reduce the risk of collisions of these birds with wind turbines.

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Story Series

New Success Story on Big Data

As part of celebrating 10 years of collaboration, AWWI is featuring stories about the progress being made to solve wind-wildlife challenges. Read the latest success story on using big data to better understand wind energy’s risk to wildlife.

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Tony Hisgett, Flickr, licensed under CC BY 2.0

Journal Article

New Compensatory Mitigation Option for Eagles

AWWI and collaborators developed a model that estimates the number of golden eagles that can be saved by removing roadkill to reduce eagle fatalities from vehicle collisions. The model is now available to use as a proposed compensatory mitigation method in Eagle Conservation Plans at wind energy facilities.

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