Monday, November 14, 2011

Lowering Bat Fatalities at Wind Farms

Wind is an extremely popular source of renewable energy and it is generally considered environmentally clean. But wind farms often take an alarming toll on wildlife, especially birds and bats that encounter the spinning blades of wind turbines.

BCI scientists have been exploring solutions to this problem since 2003 through the Bats and Wind Energy Cooperative – an alliance of state and federal agencies, private industry, academic institutions and non-government organizations. BCI leads the Cooperative.

The latest study, conducted at the Casselman Wind Power Project in Pennsylvania, found that applying curtailment procedures to all 23 of the site's turbines during bats' 2-month migration period would reduce total electricity output by less than one percent for the year. Read the entire article.

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