Comprehensive Guide to Studying Wind Energy/Wildlife Interactions

Hatchet Ridge, Pattern Energy

This resource document of the National Wind Coordinating Collaborative (NWCC) Wildlife Workgroup is intended as a guide to persons involved in designing, conducting, or requiring wind energy/wildlife interaction studies.

The document follows a general framework for progressing through the decision process for a proposed wind project and a guide to methods and metrics for use in the necessary studies. The guide is relevant to the study of any wildlife species, although the focus is on birds and bats.

Disclaimer: Any specific technologies or vendors mentioned in this Guide are either included as examples or as references to work carried out using these technologies/vendors. The mention of specific technologies is not an endorsement of these over other technologies.

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On July 13, 2011, Dale Strickland delivered a briefing on the Comprehensive Guide to Studying Wind Energy/Wildlife Interactions.

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The National Wind Coordinating Collaborative (NWCC), formed in 1994 and retired in 2020, was initiated and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL); AWWI facilitated the NWCC from 2012 until 2020. Learn more.