Enhancing the Understanding of Wind Energy and the Environment to Inform Project Siting
Presentation Description: Understanding of the effects of wind energy development on the environment is increasing as a result of focused research and access to relevant data and information, yet significant uncertainty remains. For example, concerns about potential collisions of bids and bats with turbine blades, as well as alterations of habitats and migratory corridors, continue to slow wind energy siting and development due to the degree of uncertainty about the ecological impacts. Sharing data and information on environmental effects of wind energy development facilitates an enhanced understanding of potential ecological impacts, which will inform project siting and development and encourage growth of the wind industry. To that end, Tethys is a publicly available knowledge management system developed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) that curates information on the potential environmental effects of wind energy, facilitating the knowledge sharing needed to support wind energy development in an environmentally responsible manner.