BCI applauds wind industry plans to protect bats

On the eve of National Wildlife Day, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has announced the first industry-wide best management practice for reducing wind turbine-caused bat fatalities. This new operating protocol is voluntary and involves limiting the rotation of turbine blades during low-wind speed conditions, prior to energy production, through the fall bat migration season.

The new protocol stems from more than a decade of collaborative research through the Bats and Wind Energy Cooperative (BWEC), of which both Bat Conservation International (BCI) and AWEA are founding members. This work has shown that altering turbine operations under low wind conditions, when little to no electricity is generated, can reduce the risk of wind turbine caused bat fatality.

“The implementation of this industry-wide practice is an important step and demonstrates how far the wind energy industry has come on the issue of bats. We believe this could substantially reduce bat fatalities at participating facilities across the country” says BCI Executive Director, Andrew Walker.

“BCI is eager to help the wind industry put these new protocols into practice and begin real, on-the-ground conservation of bats, many of which have no protection under current federal law.”

The announcement from U.S. wind energy industry signals the recognition of the importance of bats across the globe, with the World Bank also recently proposing similar best management practices to help reduce bat mortality at wind energy facilities worldwide.

“Fatality monitoring at wind energy facilities will compliment these BMPs by helping us identify sites with substantially higher impacts” said Walker.

“This could help us target particular projects or regions where additional ecologically meaningful and economically viable fatality reduction strategies could considerably further bat conservation”

In the spirit of National Wildlife Day, BCI applauds the U.S. wind energy industry for taking action for bat conservation.

“BCI views these best management practices as significant progress toward bat conservation with the potential of reducing thousands of wind turbine-caused bat fatalities in the United States. Going forward, we look to both conservation and industry leaders to see similar measures implemented around the world” said Walker.

Related Press Articles

Wind Industry Plans Serious Changes to Protect Bats - National Geographic


BatsRule!/\^._.^/\Help Save WildLife

Articles,62,Audio,16,Backyard,16,Barbed Wire,27,Bat Art,45,Bat Books,83,Bat Box,26,Bat Clothing,16,Bat Issues,569,Bat Stamps,1,Bats,2,Bats for Children,35,Bats for the Home,68,Electrocution,8,Events,38,info on bats,555,Jackie Sparrow,22,Microbats,455,Misc,100,Netting,35,Newsletter,4,Promoting,141,Rehab,76,Rehab 2011,6,Rehab 2012,24,Rehab 2013,17,Rehab 2014,6,Rehab 2015,104,Rehab 2016,117,Rehab 2017,45,Release Cage,2,RESCUE,64,Rescue 2012,4,RESCUE 2013,18,RESCUE 2014,8,RESCUE 2015,25,Rescue 2016,14,RESCUE 2017,9,Rob Mies,11,Shooting,2,Vegetation,23,Video,298,Virus,128,WebSites-Bat,44,
BATS. Megabats, Flying-foxes, Fruit bats and Microbats: BCI applauds wind industry plans to protect bats
BCI applauds wind industry plans to protect bats
BATS. Megabats, Flying-foxes, Fruit bats and Microbats
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS CONTENT IS PREMIUM Please share to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy