Collaboration on Solutions for Wind Energy and Wildlife

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Solving Wind-Wildlife Challenges for a Sustainable Energy Future

A Challenge …

With over 95 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 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.

Journal Article

Impacts to Wildlife of Wind Energy Siting and Operation in the U.S.

A new report in Issues in Ecology authored by AWWI Director of Research and 12 other experts provides a peer-reviewed synthesis of current, accurate, and properly contextualized information about the benefits of wind energy, adverse wind-wildlife impacts, efforts to find solutions, and recommended focus for future research.

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Blog

AWEA Highlights Wind Wildlife Research Fund Projects

The Wind Wildlife Research Fund 2019 research projects are making great progress! Read about projects that are addressing important questions for turbine curtailment and bat conservation in the American Wind Energy Association’s recent blog post.

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News

Save the Date! 13th NWCC Wind Wildlife Research Meeting in 2020

Mark your calendars! The 13th NWCC Wind Wildlife Research Meeting will take place December 1 – 4, 2020. The 2020 meeting will feature the latest research, lessons learned, and opportunities for collaboration for both onshore and offshore wind energy and wildlife.

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Western Meadowlark by Kathy and Sam, Flickr, licensed under CC BY 2.0

Report

AWWIC Bird Technical Report

AWWIC is the most comprehensive post-construction fatality database in the U.S., incorporating both public and confidential data. This new report summarizes bird fatality data and sets the foundation for further studies of what bird species are at risk, and where and why they are at risk.

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