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Documents presented here are not the product of nor are they necessarily endorsed by National Wind Watch. These resource documents are provided to assist anyone wishing to research the issue of industrial wind power and the impacts of its development. The information should be evaluated by each reader to come to their own conclusions about the many areas of debate.


Date added:  February 24, 2017
Canada, Mexico, U.S., WildlifePrint storyE-mail story

Fatalities at wind turbines may threaten population viability of a migratory bat

Author:  Frick, Winifred; Baerwald, Erin; Pollock, Jacob; Barclay, Robert; Szymanski, Jennifer; et al. | Canada, Mexico, U.S., Wildlife

Abstract: Large numbers of migratory bats are killed every year at wind energy facilities. However, population-level impacts are unknown as we lack basic demographic information about these species. We investigated whether fatalities at wind turbines could impact population viability of migratory bats, focusing on the hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus), the species most frequently killed by turbines in North America. Using expert elicitation and population projection models, we show that mortality from wind turbines may drastically reduce population size and increase . . .

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Date added:  February 14, 2017
Health, Law, Noise, Property valuesPrint storyE-mail story

Flat Rock Wind v. Rush County Area Board of Zoning Appeals

Author:  Court of Appeals of Indiana | Health, Law, Noise, Property values

‘Over the course of two hearings, the BZA had the opportunity to carefully consider the statutory setback requirement of Section 6.4 and its implications on the life, health, and safety of the surrounding landowners. It received evidence in favor of the project and in opposition of constructing the windfarm. Ultimately, and based on the evidence presented at the hearings, the BZA, in its approved Findings of Fact, explicitly found that “an additional setback is necessary to protect health and safety . . .

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Date added:  February 11, 2017
Australia, Impacts, LawPrint storyE-mail story

Senators Back and Leyonhjelm on government response to wind turbine inquiry

Author:  Back, Chris; and Leyonhjelm, David | Australia, Impacts, Law

Thursday, 9 February 2017. Senator BACK (Western Australia): … During the time since we had the inquiry, we have seen the wheels come off the wagon of the renewable sector, particularly that which resides in industrial wind turbines. You do not have to think back too far—you only have to think back to this time yesterday when, as usual, in South Australia, where some 40 per cent of energy is now supplied by renewables if the wind blows, the wind . . .

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Date added:  January 28, 2017
U.S., WildlifePrint storyE-mail story

Effects of wind energy generation and white-nose syndrome on the viability of the Indiana bat

Author:  Erickson, Richard; Thogmartin, Wayne; Diffendorfer, Jay; Russell, Robin; Szymanski, Jennifer | U.S., Wildlife

ABSTRACT: Wind energy generation holds the potential to adversely affect wildlife populations. Species-wide effects are difficult to study and few, if any, studies examine effects of wind energy generation on any species across its entire range. One species that may be affected by wind energy generation is the endangered Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis), which is found in the eastern and midwestern United States. In addition to mortality from wind energy generation, the species also faces range-wide threats from the emerging . . .

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