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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.


January 20, 2018 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Wild reindeer foil wind farm plan in southern Norway

Norway rejected construction of a wind farm on Friday over concerns it could harm wild reindeer in southern mountains that are home to the last remaining viable populations in Europe. The 120 megawatt(MW) project in Bygland municipality aimed to boost business in the sparsely-populated region, but it would be within a designated reindeer-rich national reserve, according to the energy ministry. Norway has almost 35,000 reindeer in its southern mountains, the last redoubt of sustainable populations of the animals in Europe, . . . Complete story »


January 18, 2018 • Oregon, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Trump eases rules for bird-killing wind turbines, power lines

Lynn Tompkins peers down at a red-tailed hawk laid across a small exam table at Blue Mountain Wildlife’s clinic in Pendleton, Oregon. It’s out cold. “She was in very good shape until she got zapped,” Tompkins says as she removes the bandage on the hawk’s left wing, revealing a raw wound. The bird was electrocuted a week earlier near Boardman, likely the result of a run-in with a power line. Tompkins has helped rescue birds from all over eastern Oregon . . . Complete story »


December 28, 2017 • Colorado, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Conservationists concerned for birds after rule change

If anyone is for the birds, it’s Polly Reetz, voluntary conservation chairman for the Audubon Society of Greater Denver. “People like to watch them. They like to photograph them. They are inspired by them,” Reetz said. But, she knows the reality is thousands upon thousands of birds are killed every year incidentally by energy companies. “For many years, waste pits from oil and gas fracking have been a problem,” Reetz said. “Power lines kill plenty of birds.” She says wind . . . Complete story »


December 24, 2017 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm seeks OK to ‘take’ more endangered bats

With the number of bat deaths rising faster than expected at its Ulupalakua wind farm, Auwahi Wind Energy is seeking government permission for the “taking” of more endangered Hawaiian hoary bats. A proposed amendment calls for increasing Auwahi’s take (a term meaning incidental fatalities of endangered species) from 21 to 197 through the end of the 25-year permit in February 2037. The state Department of Natural Resources has determined that a supplemental environmental impact statement is needed, according to a . . . Complete story »


December 24, 2017 • U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Trump administration reverses Obama-era policy on accidental bird deaths

The Trump administration, reversing an Obama-era policy, said it won’t prosecute oil drillers, wind-farm developers and others who accidentally kill migratory birds. The Interior Department said accidental deaths of those birds will no longer be considered a violation of a federal law meant to protect them, whether they are struck by a spinning wind turbine, vaporized by a solar array or sink in a drilling waste pond. The change is a victory for energy companies and developers that worried about . . . Complete story »


December 23, 2017 • IsraelPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines in Israel kill many more birds, bats than expected

Wind turbines cause significant damage to bird and bat life in Israel, beyond the level deemed tolerable by nature authorities. The Parks and Nature Authority is mulling measures it will ask turbine owners to employ in order to reduce the damage. Leaving aside 25—year old wind farm in the Golan Heights, there are two more modern wind turbine installations near Ma’aleh Gilboa and Ramat Sirin in northern Israel, which generate electricity. They are run by the Afcon business group in . . . Complete story »


December 17, 2017 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms can be deadly

Johannesburg – The monumental wind turbines sprouting up across South Africa’s landscape are cutting down rare and endangered bird species that have to run the gauntlet of kilometres of airspace filled with deadly, moving blades. Large swaths of country covered in turbines, such as in the Jeffreys Bay area in the Eastern Cape, are a result of rapid wind energy development since 2011 as part of government’s renewable energy independent power producer procurement programme. So far, this has resulted in . . . Complete story »


December 12, 2017 • IsraelPrint storyE-mail story

Tech solution mooted for wind turbines’ threat to Golan vultures

The developers of a large wind turbine project for electricity production on the Golan Heights are proposing the use of a system that will identify oncoming birds of prey and silence the turbines as they approach to prevent harming them. This offer is aimed at reducing the concerns of environmentalists about the possibility that birds will be hit by turbine blades. The Israel Nature and Parks Authority, however, is not convinced that this solution will prevent harm and continues to . . . Complete story »


December 11, 2017 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm seeks incidental take permit

KAILUA-KONA – The operator of Lalamilo Wind Farm has applied for a federal permit that would allow for the incidental taking of two endangered Hawaiian species during the project’s operation. Lalamilo Wind Co. is applying for an incidental take permit (ITP) that would authorize take of the endangered Hawaiian hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus semotus) and the endangered Hawaiian petrel (Pterodroma sandwichensis) as a result of the operation of the Wind Farm Repowering Project in Waimea. The permit, which also includes a . . . Complete story »


November 30, 2017 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm seeks to increase allowed number of bat deaths

Decades after the Hawaiian hoary bat was labeled an endangered species, its population remains a mystery to scientists – which is why Maui conservation groups are hesitant over one wind farm’s request to increase the number of bats it’s allowed to incidentally kill. Kaheawa Wind Power II, a 21-megawatt wind energy facility on the slopes of the West Maui Mountains, wants to increase the number of permitted bat fatalities from 11 to 62 adults and nene fatalities from 30 to 48 . . . Complete story »


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