Success Stories in Wind Energy and Wildlife

Red Tailed Hawk and Turbines, Puget Sounds Energy Wild Horse Wind Facility

Together, we are making wind energy safer for wildlife

Lights, computers, communications – the modern world runs on electricity. Wind energy already helps meet this demand without harmful pollutants or water use, making it an energy solution with great benefits to people and the environment. Yet like all forms of energy production, wind energy can have some adverse impacts to wildlife.

Leaders and decision-makers from the wind industry, state and federal agencies, and conservation/science organizations have collaborated for nearly 25 years on promoting research to improve understanding of wind’s risks to wildlife so wind can achieve its maximum conservation benefit.

In 2008, these stakeholders came together to form AWWI, an unprecedented partnership that works to ensure that wind is a truly sustainable energy solution for wildlife and the planet.

This year, AWWI celebrates 10 years of collaboration and scientific discovery in pursuit of this collective vision.

Read stories of the collaborative work that is making this vision a reality.

Wind Energy Guidelines: Science and Collaboration at Work, Every Day

The USFWS Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines were a milestone in wind-wildlife collaboration, and continue to help companies navigate responsible development of wind projects.

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California’s Altamont Pass: A Catalyst for Collaboration

Today Altamont exemplifies what can be achieved when stakeholders who care about building wind farms and conserving wildlife come together to find solutions.

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American Wind Wildlife Information Center: Casting a Wide Net in Search of Big Data

Unprecedented data collection and collaboration is making it possible to better understand wind energy’s risk to wildlife.

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