Impact on Birds or Africa
The American Wind Energy Association Industry said it will oppose plans by a federal agency to adopt voluntary regulations on wind developers to protect birds and other wildlife.
AWEA said in a release that more than 34,000 MW of potential wind power development, $68 billion in investment and 27,000 jobs are at risk due to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service policies on golden eagles.
Bird advocates who had lobbied for mandatory standards warned that the new guidelines would do nothing to stem bird deaths as wind power builds up across the country.
"We have a responsibility to ensure that solar, wind and geothermal projects are built in the right way and in the right places so they protect our natural and cultural resources and balance the needs of our wildlife," Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a statement Tuesday.
Then last month, Stantec Consulting, the firm that produced the original report, released its report on the second half of the year: January 1, 2010 to July 1, 2010. And the results for birds are troubling. Though casualty numbers for birds did not skyrocket in the second sixth month period, a time that included the spring migration, they still were high enough to make the Wolfe Island wind plant the most deadly for birds in Canada.
Possible collusion and fraudulent Environmental Impact studies may be paving the way for the $120 million Groton Wind Project to move forward despite very real danger to threatened species, including the Peregrine Falcon. Mortality would come from falcons colliding with the turbine blades as well as the environmental degradation caused by the construction.
The project is drawing some concern for how it may impact the greater sage grouse population. The sage grouse has been named a candidate species for federal protection because of its struggling population.
Few studies exist on how wind farms affect sage grouse, limiting scientific predictions of the impact.
Birders said Tuesday they are seeking people from all walks of life who share their concerns about the proper siting of wind turbines in the ecologically fragile western Lake Erie region. ...the group will be stepping up its campaign for a three-mile buffer zone along the shoreline in Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, and Erie counties.
One of the UK's rarest birds could be in jeopardy if a major windfarm development in a picturesque part of Inverness-shire is given the go-ahead, a public meeting has heard.
About 150 people attended a meeting at Kiltarlity Village Hall to discuss proposals for a 28-turbine windfarm on land between Kiltarlity and Drumnadrochit in the Druim Ba Forest.
A threatened species of bird living amid the tussock near Dunedin could influence the way New Zealanders design their wind farms.
Researchers are poised to see whether TrustPower's new wind farm at Mahinerangi has any effect on the New Zealand falcons.
They have found nests and nesting pairs and are using radio transmitters to monitor the birds' pre-turbine movements.
One of the nation's largest bird conservation groups says rapid construction of wind energy projects will endanger several avian species.
That includes the whooping crane, a famous migratory bird and annual visitor to central Nebraska.
"Without strong standards designed to protect birds through smart siting, technology, and mitigation programs, wind power will soon affect millions of birds. Given the subsidies paid to the wind industry by the government, many of the negative impacts to birds will be unwittingly funded by the American taxpayer," said Fuller.
Campaigners fighting a proposed wind farm in West Huntspill were given a boost after the RSPB lodged an objection against the plans.
In a letter to Sedgemoor District Council, the bird charity claims it was not aware Ecotricity, the wind farm applicants, had submitted a planning application without a further study into bird movement over the Poplar Farm site.
Fears that whirling wind turbines could slaughter protected golden eagles have halted progress on a key piece of the federal government's push to increase renewable energy on public lands, stalling plans for billions of dollars in wind farm developments. ...The July eagle memo obtained by the AP directed BLM staff not to approve any more permits until companies submit protection plans. Federal officials said they do not know when permitting will resume nor whether the stimulus deadline will be met.
Every year, thousands of birds are killed by the spinning blades. Now, under a new agreement with the state, the company responsible for the largest bank of turbines in the Altamont Pass will replace the structures with models that are more bird-friendly.
The largest wind energy producer in the Altamont Pass area of eastern Alameda and Contra Costa counties has agreed to replace 2,400 wind turbines within four years and pay $2.5 million in a legal settlement to reduce deaths of eagles, hawks and other raptors hacked by turbine blades.
"Our study data suggest that $20 million was spent in this area during the months of April and May, and, in addition to concerns about large-scale mortality of birds and bats, the potential loss of significant birding-based tourism dollars must be considered as well."
The Black Swamp Bird Observatory is calling for a three-year moratorium on any additional wind turbines within three miles of the Lake Erie shore.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Monday that wind power can pose environmental risks, casting doubts over plans to develop this alternative energy source in the oil-rich country.
Putin has repeatedly expressed his skepticism about alternative energy.
A new map illustrating key sage grouse breeding habitat across the West is designed to help land managers make decisions about where to allow developments like wind power facilities or transmission lines, and where to focus conservation efforts.
"The goal now is to lend some consistency to the whole program, so that we can benefit the sage grouse and its habitat."
Kaufman is editor of the Kaufman Field Guide Series, a series of books on birds and national history sold all over North America.
"I moved to this area from Arizona because the bird migration here is so spectacular. ...He said radar studies are needed to get a sense of bird movements before the turbines are installed.
Golden eagles and other species are in danger if a proposed Shaffer Mountain wind project by Gamesa Energy USA is constructed, bird supporters said.
"If they put wind turbines up, golden eagles are pretty dumb and can't avoid them," Dick, an opponent of the project, said. "It's the wrong ridge to put them up."
Thousands of giant wind turbines swing their arms in a Prairie-Chicken nightmare.
Right now, Texas gets only 6 percent of its power from wind energy.
But a mere three years from now, the state hopes to have enough new transmission lines to deliver 20 percent of our electricity from wind turbines.