Status of Avian Research at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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As the use of wind energy expands across the United States, concerns about the impacts of commercial wind farms on bird and bat populations are frequently raised. Two primary areas of concern are (1) possible litigation resulting from the killing of even one bird if it is protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Endangered Species Act, or both; and (2) the effect of avian mortality on bird populations. To properly address these concerns, the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) supports scientifically based avian/wind power interaction research. In this paper I describe NREL's field-based research ... continued below

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Sinclair, K. September 18, 2001.

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As the use of wind energy expands across the United States, concerns about the impacts of commercial wind farms on bird and bat populations are frequently raised. Two primary areas of concern are (1) possible litigation resulting from the killing of even one bird if it is protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Endangered Species Act, or both; and (2) the effect of avian mortality on bird populations. To properly address these concerns, the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) supports scientifically based avian/wind power interaction research. In this paper I describe NREL's field-based research projects and summarize the status of the research. I also summarize NREL's other research activities, including lab-based vision research to increase the visibility of moving turbine blades and avian acoustic research, as well as our collaborative efforts with the National Wind Coordinating Committee's Avian Subcommittee.

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  • AWEA's WINDPOWER 2001 Conference, Washington, DC (US), 06/04/2001--06/07/2001

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  • Report No.: NREL/CP-500-30546
  • Grant Number: AC36-99GO10337
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 788751
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc719339

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Sinclair, K. Status of Avian Research at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, article, September 18, 2001; Golden, Colorado. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc719339/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.