October 14, 2008

First wind energy-bat study

Good news for bat lovers! Wind energy supplier Iberdrola Renewables is conducting a study on the interaction between bats and wind turbines because of the growing concern of high death rates of bats near wind farms.

Iberdrola has partnered with conservation group Bat Conservation International (BCI) for wildlife data collection at a southwestern Pennsylvania wind power project. Researchers from both groups are conducting a controlled experiment from late July to early October in which selected wind turbines at the Casselman Wind Power Project in Pennsylvania were stopped during certain wind conditions.

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