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In recent years, bird deaths in wind power plants within the United States have become
an important issue with economic, legal, policy and research dimensions. The National
Avian-Wind Power Planning Meeting was convened to focus on the research aspects, particu-
larly to (1) identify and prioritize key issues with respect to bird-wind turbine interactions,
(2) define a research agenda to resolve scientific and technical issues, while (3) insuring
transferability of results, (4) avoiding duplication and inadequate science, and (5) building
consensus on approaches to the research needed to address the issues. The meeting was org-
anized by groups with many perspectives on the issue: the National Renewable Energy Lab-
oratory (NREL) and Department of Energy (DoE), American Wind Energy Association
(AWEA), National Audubon Society (NAS), Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), and
Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
About 57 individuals representing these and other interested groups, plus various indep-
endent scientists with relevant expertise, met in Lakewood, Colorado, on 20-21 July 1994.
reviewed the status of wind power in the U.S.A.,
developed lists of research questions,
reviewed past and ongoing avian research at wind plants in the U.S.A. and Europe,
discussed general design concepts for avian-wind power research, including both
monitoring methods and the Adaptive Resource Management approach,
discussed desirable components of an integrated national research program, and
identified next steps that should be taken.
The meeting Proceedings volume includes a Meeting Summary section (p. 80ff) covering each
of the above topics, plus a more detailed description of the presentations, discussions and
conclusions on each topic.
Meeting attendees recommended that some of the technical issues identified at this
meeting be taken up by a group with broader representation and mandate, including the
economic, policy and legal ramifications. The National Wind Coordinating Committee's Avian
Subcommittee may be an appropriate group to carry forward the work begun at this meeting.
The overall goal might be to devise a process, incorporating scientific research as a major
element, that would allow the wind industry to develop without the occurrence of an un-
acceptable number of bird deaths.
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