Friday, October 31, 2008

Trick or Treat!


Iberdrola Renewables has a Halloween gift for the country's friendly, though spooky, nocturnal mammals. The Portland-based wind power provider this week released its company-wide bird and bat protection plan to serve as a template for wind farm policies.
The plan is a series of best practices aimed at wildlife protection during construction and operation of the turbines. It acknowledges that solid methodology of assessing the risk to bats before a project is built doesn't exist yet. The company is working with the Bats and Wind Energy Cooperative to establish better research methods. The full document is available online .
video
This infrared video may be a little hard to see, but the little pink dot is a bat flying into a turbine blade and getting batted (pardon the pun) off to the left. You can see more videos on the BWEC web site.

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