Wind Industry Finds Solutions for Protecting Vulnerable Wildlife
- Jun 14, 2019 11:48 pm GMT
This item is part of the US Wind Power - Summer 2019 SPECIAL ISSUE, click here for more
Interest in and use of wind power has been increasing rapidly, and it's easy to see why this resource is gaining in popularity. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, it’s “electricity generated without fuel, water, air or water pollution, or planet-warming carbon dioxide.” However, the use of wind power also comes with some drawbacks.
For example, wind turbines aren’t always wildlife-friendly. Birds and bats can be impacted, both as their habitats are eroded, and as they attempt to fly around the turbines, sometimes with fatal results. In addition to being problematic for the animals, companies that don’t work to prevent these issues don’t get financing. Abby Arnold, Executive Director of the American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI) states in a Union of Concerned Scientists interview, “The Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. The Endangered Species Act. Plus state laws, some of which are more restrictive and some of which are less. If you want to build a wind farm and not be at risk, you have to comply.”
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