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Title: Status of Avian Research at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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.
Authors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
788751
Report Number(s):
NREL/CP-500-30546
TRN: AH200136%%217
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-99GO10337
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: AWEA's WINDPOWER 2001 Conference, Washington, DC (US), 06/04/2001--06/07/2001; Other Information: PBD: 18 Sep 2001
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (US)
Sponsoring Org:
US Department of Energy (US)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 17 WIND ENERGY; ACOUSTICS; BIRDS; ENDANGERED SPECIES; LAWSUITS; MORTALITY; NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY LABORATORY; TURBINE BLADES; VISIBILITY; WIND TURBINE ARRAYS; WIND ENERGY; AVIAN RESEARCH; AVIAN MORTALITY