Catch the Wind: Where Renewable Energy and Bat Conservation Meet
Wind energy is clean, renewable, and has become increasingly affordable in recent years. But since the emergence of White Nose Syndrome –a deadly disease that has devastated the North American bat population—in 2006, the industry has found itself at the center of a critical nexus between wildlife conservation and renewable energy generation.
As White Nose continues to take its toll, the issue of wind turbines incidentally killing bats has never been more important. Renewable NRG Systems, one of the first companies in the industry to confront the matter, is working to develop technologies that will help reduce the impact of wind energy generation on bats, while reducing the overall cost of wind energy to ensure a successful transition to a clean energy future.
During his presentation at Shelburne Farms, Brogan Morton, Product Manager for Renewable NRG Systems’ renewable project siting line, will discuss:
- White nose syndrome and how it affects bats
- The issues facing the wind industry today with respect to bats, both federally listed and otherwise
- What the wind industry is currently doing to minimize its impacts, including compliance with the Endangered Species Act (ESA)
- What Renewable NRG Systems is doing to ensure wind energy and bat conservation aren’t considered mutually exclusive, both in the US and globally
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