photo: Brent Danley
While few people would doubt that wind power shows great promise, where new wind farms get built is often a contentious issue, with one of the issues being (of course) impact on wildlife and the environment. That's where the newly formed American Wind Wildlife Institute comes in. The group of 20 wind power and environmental organizations will collaborate on research, mapping, mitigation and public education on best practices in balancing habitat protection and wind farm siting.
AWWI counts as its members the following organizations:13 Wind Power Businesses, 7 Environmental Groups
AES Wind Generation, Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, Babcock & Brown, BP Alternative, Clipper Windpower, Inc., E.ON, Environmental Defense Fund, enXco, GE Energy, Horizon Wind Energy, Iberdrola Renewables, National Audubon Society, Natural Resource Defense Council, Nordic Windpower, NRG Systems, Inc., RES Americas, Sierra Club, The Nature Conservancy, The Wildlife Society, Union of Concerned Scientists, Vestas Americas, and World Wildlife Fund
No exact word on what exactly the group will be spending it's initial two year budget on $3 million, beyond the notion of the aforementioned research and public education and "proactively addressing potential biodiversity impacts as wind energy is more widely deployed." But considering some of the persistent, if not entirely accurate, beliefs regarding wind turbines (that they are a large source of bird deaths being one), nipping some of these public perception problems (as well as vocally acknowledging the environmental impact of wind farms) in the bud seems wise.
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