Technological Innovation

AWWI drives the implementation of innovative strategies in the conservation and research communities and the wind development field.

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Learning from Big Data

American Wind Wildlife Information Center

For more than 20 years, wind energy companies have undertaken studies to assess risk and impacts to wildlife from wind energy projects. Some data are publicly available but other data are privately owned. AWWI is building the American Wind Wildlife Information Center (AWWIC, pronounced ‘a-wic'; formerly know as the Research Information System), a first-of-its kind initiative, which will securely house wind-wildlife data and make it available for scientific analysis. Collection of existing data through the AWWIC is the most promising and efficient way to increase overall understanding of risks and impacts. The scientific analysis of the data in the AWWIC, which will be guided by AWWI, will:

  • further understanding of wind-wildlife interactions & help minimize impacts
  • refine questions and data collection for further analysis
  • increase the cost-effectiveness of future research
  • lower wind energy siting and operational costs and enhance permit review
“The American Wind Wildlife Information Center will represent the most comprehensive information management tool available for wind-wildlife.”
Taber Allison, Ph.D., Director of Research and Evaluation, American Wind Wildlife Institute

Screening for Potential Wind-Wildlife Conflicts

Landscape Assessment Tool

To minimize risk, wind project developers and decision makers need cost-effective tools that enable them to screen locations for potential wildlife and habitat conflicts early in the siting process. AWWI and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) built and maintain the Landscape Assessment Tool (LAT), a GIS-based, publicly-available mapping tool that collates and displays biological information that is relevant to wind-energy development. Users can display web-based maps featuring information culled from over 1,000 data layers relevant to the identification of potential wildlife and environmental impacts and to landscape-level screening for potential project sites.  The LAT is a currently the only national decision support tool for energy development, with a focus on the data most relevant to wind energy.

Driving the Development of Technological Solutions

AWWI’s collaborative network offers a unique opportunity to bring biologist together with engineers to explore challenges and opportunities related to technological solutions to wind-wildlife impacts. By creating a forum for this interaction, AWWI serves as a catalyst for new and exciting ideas that have the potential to drastically reduce the impacts of wind energy on sensitive species.

AWWI  conducted a Request for Information (RFI) to gather information from vendors that have technology products available for immediate testing and/or deployment. The results of this RFI are compiled in a Technology Catalog made available to AWWI Partners and Friends.

AWWI’s Technology Innovation program coordinates testing, evaluation, and verification of available and in-development technologies intended to detect and deter raptor and bat species at wind energy facilities.


More on Our Approach

circ2Science for Policy & Practice: Through research and tool development, AWWI provides the science that wind-wildlife stakeholders need to make decisions in the face of uncertainty. More



Information Exchange: Through our Partners and Friends and the National Wind Coordinating Collaborative, AWWI provides a forum to share wind-wildlife solutions and ensure that information empowers action that leads to sustainable results.  More

Get Involved

AWWI’s success is based on wide collaboration with all who hold a stake in the success of wind energy and the protection of wildlife and habitat. By working together, we can move toward a common goal. Here is how you can help:


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Offer your input and ideas to build the AWWI collaboration or support AWWI as a partner organization. To learn more about opportunities to engage with AWWI, contact us.


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