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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.

March 21, 2018 • Arizona, BlogsPrint storyE-mail story

Feds investigate Arizona wind farm for killing protected species

Federal authorities have opened a criminal investigation of a southern Arizona wind farm for the deaths of an endangered bat and a federally protected golden eagle. In the latest clash between renewable energy companies and protectors of wildlife, federal authorities have opened a criminal investigation of a southern Arizona wind farm for the deaths of an endangered bat and a federally protected golden eagle. Investigators from the U.S. Justice Department’s Environmental and Natural Resources Division are looking into the death . . . Complete story »

March 18, 2018 • Massachusetts, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

This energy storage is tough on Connecticut River

In April, Massachusetts will take a big step toward meeting its energy responsibilities in the era of climate change. A company will be selected for the first phase of long-term production and delivery of 1,600 megawatts of clean, renewable, wind power. The three bidders all tout environmental benefits from constructing an offshore wind farm and the undersea cable necessary to deliver energy to coastal urban centers. Two bids specifically include state-of-the-art battery storage to be built nearer sites where wind . . . Complete story »

March 15, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Windrad erschlägt Seeadler — Wind turbine kills another eagle

Ein Seeadler ist am Wochenende bei Wernikow durch ein Windrad erschlagen worden. Mitarbeitern der Wildtierauffangstation in Struck haben den toten Greifvogel gefunden. Ob er eine Brut zu versorgen hatte, ist unklar. Im Land Brandenburg sind bereits 48 der geschützten Tiere durch Windräder zu Tode gekommen. Wernikow. Ein Seeadler wurde am Samstagnachmittag von einem Windrad nahe Wernikow erschlagen. Der Vogel lag tot auf dem Feld, als ihn Uwe und Angie Löblich von der Wildtierauffangstation in Struck (Prignitz) auf dem Acker fanden. . . . Complete story »

February 23, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Bird risks block Himmelreich; German wind farm would pose threat to species, court rules

A regional court in Arnsberg has suspended the construction licence for the 34.8MW Himmmelreich project in Marsberg near Paderborn in North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany. The wind farm would pose a threat to red kite and Montagu’s harrier populations, among other species, the court said. Construction of the project started in 2016 but was stopped by an earlier court decision in August 2016. The project plans foresee the installation of 11 Enercon turbines, including seven E-115 machines. A written court decision will . . . Complete story »

February 11, 2018 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Native birds face legal threats, in Oregon and beyond

Somewhat earlier than usual because of the warm weather, thousands of snow geese and trumpeter swans have returned to Oregon oases, including Summer Lake and the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge – an annual reminder that winter is nearing its end. The geese and swans, migrating up from California’s Central Valley, are among the first arrivals along the Pacific Flyway, a massive West Coast migration corridor for birds that extends from Alaska to Mexico. Jeff Mackay, deputy project leader for the Malheur . . . Complete story »

February 4, 2018 • ArizonaPrint storyE-mail story

Bat, eagle deaths at wind farm prompt federal probe

The U.S. Department of Justice is reviewing a criminal investigation of a wind-energy farm in southeastern Arizona to determine whether prosecution is warranted in the deaths of a federally protected golden eagle and an endangered bat, according to federal wildlife officials. A monitoring report indicated that the 15-turbine Red Horse Wind 2 project near Willcox caused the deaths of the eagle and a lesser long-nosed bat during its first year of operation between July of 2015 and 2016, the Arizona . . . Complete story »

January 28, 2018 • ArizonaPrint storyE-mail story

Willcox-area wind farm under investigation for bat, eagle deaths

Southern Arizona’s only wind-energy farm is under a federal criminal investigation because its turbines killed an endangered bat and a federally protected golden eagle, law enforcement officials say. An endangered lesser long-nosed bat was among an estimated 2,606 bats killed in turbines at the Willcox-area Red Horse Wind 2 project in its first year, a monitoring report prepared for the operator shows. That’s more bats than the national, annual average killed at a wind farm, said Jim DeVos, an assistant . . . Complete story »

January 26, 2018 • U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Interior cancels decades-old protections for migratory birds

Duke Energy and PacifiCorp Energy both were prosecuted during the Obama administration for failing to take steps to protect birds at their Wyoming wind farms, despite the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s efforts to get them to do so. Under the Trump administration’s new interpretation, however, companies would no longer be prosecuted for failing to protect birds Complete story »

January 24, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Risk to geese scuppers wind turbine

A wind turbine with a blade tip height of 58 metres sited close to designated areas of sensitive ecology for wildfowl in Lincolnshire was rejected by an inspector. The farmland appeal site lay just over 2km from an estuary designated a special area for conservation, a special protection area and RAMSAR site of international importance as a habitat for waterbirds and pink-footed geese. Natural England disputed the appellant’s assessment of the risk of birds colliding with the turbine being limited . . . Complete story »

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 »

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