Status of Avian Research at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Karin Sinclair

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As the use of wind energy expands across the United States, concerns about the impacts of commercial wind farms on bird and bat populations are frequently raised. Two primary areas of concern are (1) possible litigation resulting from the killing of even one bird if it is protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Endangered Species Act, or both; and (2) the effect of avian mortality on birdpopulations. To properly address these concerns, the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) supports scientifically based avian/wind power interaction research. In this paper I describe NREL's field-based research projects and summarize the status of the research. I also summarize NREL's other research activities, including lab-based vision research to increasethe visibility of moving turbine blades and avian acoustic research, as well as our collaborative efforts with the National Wind Coordinating Committee's Avian Subcommittee.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 2001
EventAWEA's WindPower 2001 Conference - Washington, D.C.
Duration: 4 Jul 20017 Jul 2001


ConferenceAWEA's WindPower 2001 Conference
CityWashington, D.C.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-500-30546


  • avian mortality
  • avian research
  • birds
  • wind energy


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