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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.

June 5, 2017 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Sneaky snake pushes wind farm to Grant County

Forget mass protests. Sometimes all it takes to derail a major industrial project is an itty-bitty snake. About seven years ago, Finney County was on the verge of landing the Buffalo Dunes Wind Farm, a 250-megawatt project that includes 135 turbines that eventually spread over land in Haskell and Grant counties, until concerns raised about disturbing the habitat of the longnose snake pushed the project farther west. Lona Duvall, president of the Finney County Economic Development Corp., said the Sierra . . .

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May 24, 2017 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarms blamed after three whales die off Suffolk

East Anglia News Service – Three whales that washed up on the Suffolk coast may have died after becoming disorientated by offshore windfarms, marine experts believe. The coastguard received reports of a minke whale calf that had become separated from its mother on Friday night. By the next afternoon it had been found dead at the mouth of the River Ore and its mother was found washed up near Felixstowe. Yesterday another dead adult was seen off the Harwich coast. They . . .

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May 19, 2017 • NewsPrint storyE-mail story

UN looks to protect birds from green energy threats

The global boom in renewable energy is posing new threats to birds say experts. At the UN climate conference in Bonn, researchers said wind turbines and power lines were a particular problem for migratory soaring birds. Shutting down wind farms on demand is one of the methods being tested to protect these birds from collisions. Other ideas being tried include placing highly visible deflectors every 20m on power lines. The Rift Valley and Red Sea flyways in Egypt are among . . .

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May 15, 2017 • NevadaPrint storyE-mail story

How the tortoise became politicized; Energy developers, activists for threatened species still searching for a happy medium

The desert tortoise’s lobbyists are well-known to solar developers and the country’s largest utility. They have successfully battled wind farms and rancher Cliven Bundy. As a threatened species, the squat land crawler continually frustrates developers and engages environmentalists as a rallying symbol. After years of litigation, a Virginia-based company confirmed in late April that it was abandoning a project to build 87 wind turbines in Searchlight because of environmental concerns over the golden eagle and the desert tortoise. It’s typically . . .

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May 10, 2017 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Bats massacred by wind turbines may get reprieve in Sweden

Halting Swedish wind turbines at still summer nights would save almost all of the tens of thousands of bats killed by the rotating blades every year. Every turbine kills 10-15 bats annually on average as the creatures are struck when they hunt insects attracted by the spinning unit, according to a study by Sweden’s Energy and Environmental Protection agencies. Halting turbines on summer nights when winds are low would save most of the bats without a significant loss in renewable . . .

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May 8, 2017 • U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Birds, tortoise at new risk from wind power growth

America’s growing wind sector may be easing the country’s carbon footprint, but it’s leaving a heavy imprint on local wildlife. According to the American Wind and Wildlife Institute, an estimated three to five birds are killed every year per megawatt of wind energy. And new research indicates that wind farms could pose a threat to land-dwelling species, as well. It’s a far cry from President Trump’s claim that wind energy “kills all your birds,” but experts say they are beginning . . .

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May 4, 2017 • California, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Wind Turbines Affect Behavior of Desert Tortoise Predators

How a wind energy facility is designed can influence the behavior of animal predators and their prey, according to a recent study published in The Journal of Wildlife Management by researchers at the University of California, Davis, and the U.S. Geological Survey. Scientists placed motion-activated cameras facing the entrances of 46 active desert tortoise burrows in a wind energy facility near Palm Springs, California. Video recordings showed that visits to burrows from five predators – bobcats, gray foxes, coyotes, black bears . . .

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April 1, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy studies reveal congregations of right whales south of Islands

Right whales are gathering south of Martha’s Vineyard in numbers researchers have only begun to understand, facilitated by studies of the area in advance of the development of offshore wind farms. “We didn’t know about it,” said Scott Kraus, marine mammals chief scientist at the New England Aquarium. The Boston aquarium has just begun a one-year specialized aerial survey of the endangered right whales, other large whales, dolphins and sea turtles in federal areas south of the Vineyard that have . . .

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March 8, 2017 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Whirlwind effect: How eco-friendly are windmills?

‘Turbines in Koppal, Chitradurga and Bagalkot have played havoc on habitats’ Spinning turbines atop rocky hills in Karnataka, which have become symbols of the State’s pitch for “greener sources” of electricity, may have come at a price to forests and its denizens. A little over 6,870 acres of forest land has made way for wind farms and associated infrastructure, including transmission lines and roads in Karnataka, shows Forest Clearance data obtained from the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoeF). The . . .

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March 4, 2017 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed increase to Incidental Take of bat and nēnē at Kaheawa

The state is proposing to issue an amended Incidental Take License at Kaheawa Wind Power II above Mā‘alaea to increase the amount of deaths allowed for the Hawaiian hoary bat and the nēnē during facility operations. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources proposes to approve an amended Habitat Conservation Plan to increase incidental take for the Hawaiian hoary bat from 11 to 62 adults (or juveniles surviving to adult), and for nēnē from 30 to 48 adults (or . . .

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