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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

April 1, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy studies reveal congregations of right whales south of Islands

Right whales are gathering south of Martha’s Vineyard in numbers researchers have only begun to understand, facilitated by studies of the area in advance of the development of offshore wind farms. “We didn’t know about it,” said Scott Kraus, marine mammals chief scientist at the New England Aquarium. The Boston aquarium has just begun a one-year specialized aerial survey of the endangered right whales, other large whales, dolphins and sea turtles in federal areas south of the Vineyard that have . . .

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March 8, 2017 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Whirlwind effect: How eco-friendly are windmills?

‘Turbines in Koppal, Chitradurga and Bagalkot have played havoc on habitats’ Spinning turbines atop rocky hills in Karnataka, which have become symbols of the State’s pitch for “greener sources” of electricity, may have come at a price to forests and its denizens. A little over 6,870 acres of forest land has made way for wind farms and associated infrastructure, including transmission lines and roads in Karnataka, shows Forest Clearance data obtained from the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoeF). The . . .

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March 4, 2017 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed increase to Incidental Take of bat and nēnē at Kaheawa

The state is proposing to issue an amended Incidental Take License at Kaheawa Wind Power II above Mā‘alaea to increase the amount of deaths allowed for the Hawaiian hoary bat and the nēnē during facility operations. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources proposes to approve an amended Habitat Conservation Plan to increase incidental take for the Hawaiian hoary bat from 11 to 62 adults (or juveniles surviving to adult), and for nēnē from 30 to 48 adults (or . . .

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March 3, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Bats stand in the way of wind turbines

COLLINGWOOD – Citizen scientists have proven beyond a doubt there is a population of endangered little brown bats in the area where wpd Canada Inc. plans to erect eight 500-foot wind turbines. Evidence from three bat biologists was presented at the Feb. 28 appeal hearing of the Environmental Review Tribunal chaired by Dirk Vander Bent with panel member Hugh Wilkins in the Collingwood council chamber Feb. 28. Witness and bat ecologist Sarah Mainguy said building turbines on the Clearview Township . . .

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March 1, 2017 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms killing more bats than expected

As wind farms statewide are killing more Hawaiian hoary bats than expected, a Maui wind farm is asking the state to increase the amount of endangered bats and nene it’s allowed to incidentally kill. Kaheawa Wind Power II, a 21-megawatt generation facility that ascends the slopes of the West Maui Mountains above Maalaea, wants to increase its number of permitted bat fatalities from 11 to 62 adults and nene fatalities from 30 to 48 adults over the next 15 years. . . .

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February 25, 2017 • U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Turbine blades pose ‘substantial threat’ to migratory bats — study

The expansion of wind turbines across North America could drive one of the most common migratory bat species to the brink of extinction, according to a new study that calls on regulators and the wind power industry to take immediate steps to address the problem. The study, published this week in the journal Biological Conservation, investigated whether fatalities at wind power sites “could impact population viability of migratory bats, focusing on the hoary bat, the species most frequently killed by . . .

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February 25, 2017 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

State might let wind farm kill more bats

A Maui wind farm wants the government to increase the number of endangered Hawaiian hoary bats it is allowed to kill, after passing the limit 15 years ahead of schedule. SunEdison Inc., owner of the 21-megawatt wind facility called Kaheawa Wind Power II, requested to increase the amount of hoary bats the facility is allowed to kill to 62 from 11 bats over its 20-year project with the Department of Land and Natural Resources. DLNR proposed to approve the increase . . .

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February 25, 2017 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Bizarre mass exodus of amphibians

Hundreds of frogs, newts and lizards are on the move in North Kerry in a bizarre plague-like scene playing out in gardens, and on roads where they’re being killed by cars in big numbers. The little creatures began appearing in the community of Beale last week, making their way across farmland and roads and coming to the attention of locals as they invaded gardens and got killed on roads. People initially put the behaviour down to the wet weather as . . .

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February 18, 2017 • Europe, FrancePrint storyE-mail story

French wind farm could affect the Island’s bats, experts warn

Jersey’s bat population could be threatened if plans to build a wind farm 23 miles off the south coast of the Island are given the go-ahead, a conservation group has said. Ani Binet, volunteer researcher for the Jersey Bat Group, said she was concerned that the migratory route of the bats could be disrupted if the wind farm is built. She spoke out after an independent commission in France, which oversaw the project’s public inquiry, gave the development its approval. . . .

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February 6, 2017 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Wind project opponent conducts his own avian risk assessment

Apex Clean Energy’s Galloo Island Wind project is expected to displace, if not kill, thousands of birds and bats, an opponent of the project claimed in his avian risk assessment. Clifford P. Schneider, a retired fishery biologist for the state Department of Environmental Conservation, published his own study Monday on the state Department of Public Service website predicting the potential impacts of the project, including increased mortality rates and the relocation of species, using assessments from previous iterations of the . . .

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