Posts tagged: green energy issues

Bats Take Dangerous Flight Into the Wind Farm

Wind turbines attract bats. They seem to appear particularly appealing to female noctule bats in early summer. In a pilot study, researchers of the German Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin noticed this when they tracked the flight paths of noctule bats, Nyctalus noctula, using the latest GPS tracking devices. The bats […]

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Larger Turbines Pose Peril for Birds

When the U.S. Department of Energy released a report last month championing the construction of larger, more-powerful wind turbines, the wind industry unsurprisingly greeted the news with enthusiasm. With an extension of the “hub height” of turbines to 360 feet, the chief executive of the American Wind Energy Association said, wind energy could expand to […]

Bats at Greatest Risk from Turbines in Illinois

Bats are much more likely than birds to be killed or injured by wind turbines in Illinois, according to state data. “About 22,000 bats a year are killed by wind turbines,” said Keith Shank, who tracks wind turbine collisions and endangered species for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Shank said bats killed by wind […]

Saturday May 30th, 2015 in , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Bats at Greatest Risk from Turbines in Illinois

Inside The Feds’ MBTA Incidental Take Proposal

On May 26, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) initiated an environmental review of a proposed permitting program for authorizing the incidental “take” of migratory birds protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). The announcement begins what will undoubtedly be a protracted and contentious rulemaking process. Litigation is likely, as well. FWS proposes, […]

Birds Die as Wind Turbine Replacement Lags

A battle that pits union jobs against the lives of thousands of birds is playing out in the scenic hills of the Altamont Pass, where a wind power company operates hundreds of turbines that environmentalists say are outdated and kill protected species. TheĀ Alameda County Board of SupervisorsĀ must decide Tuesday whether to give Altamont Winds Inc. […]

Monday March 23rd, 2015 in , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Birds Die as Wind Turbine Replacement Lags

Take Permit Ruling Favors Local Wind Farm Project

A U.S. District Court judge ruled a federal agency was within its rights when it issued a take permit to a proposed Champaign County wind farm that critics said could harm an endangered bat. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued an incidental take permit to the Buckeye Wind Project in 2013, allowing the wind […]

Bill to Gut Bird Protection Laws

A bill that would seriously curtail the reach of two major federal bird protection laws has been introduced in the House of Representatives, and its sponsors clearly intend the measure as a boon to the renewable energy industry. The bill, H.R. 493, would require that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant permits of at […]

Officials Crack Down on Wind Farms that Kill Birds and Bats

Utility companies installed thousands of new turbines last year and are on track to install even more this year, generating pollution-free electricity whenever the wind blows. But even as the turbines help utilities reduce carbon emissions and pollution, they’re causing a new problem: Those churning blades kill hundreds of thousands of birds annually, including federally […]

Thursday January 29th, 2015 in , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Officials Crack Down on Wind Farms that Kill Birds and Bats