Avian issues in wind development
There is a lot of concern among wind supporters, I know, about Audubon`s position on wind power. There is concern that this is the wrong time to be critical, and the wrong time to be putting any doubts in investors` minds, and the wrong time to provide an excuse for utilities to stop buying windpower. The long-term future of biodiversity, including bird diversity, depends on development of renewable energy, and that will mean some wind development in the right places and with the right types of systems. For both the long-time survival of the wind industry and for protection of bird populations, Audubon cannot be quiet on this issue. To avoid mistakes that can kill the industry in the long run, expenditures for wind/avian research have to be increased way beyond their present scope. We are going to need about $5 million dollars per year, if we are to (1) understand the biology and physics of bird-wind plant interactions, (2) if we are to understand relevant bird flightpaths, and (3) if we are to design a strategy to protect bird populations.
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- Report Number(s):
ON: DE96011159; TRN: 96:003988-0014
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- Resource Relation:
- Conference: 25. annual conference and exhibition on wind power, Washington, DC (United States), 26-30 Mar 1995; Other Information: PBD: 1995; Related Information: Is Part Of Windpower `95 - Proceedings of the American Wind Energy Association; PB: 624 p.
- Research Org:
- American Wind Energy Association, Washington, DC (United States)
- Country of Publication:
- United States
- 17 WIND ENERGY; BIRDS; MORTALITY; RESEARCH PROGRAMS; WIND TURBINES; HEALTH HAZARDS; WIND POWER PLANTS; POPULATIONS; SPECIES DIVERSITY; FINANCING