ENSURING WIND POWER CAN COEXIST WITH EAGLES, BATS
Duke Energy is committed to minimizing bird and bat fatalities caused by turbine blade collisions at its clean-energy wind power projects.
To protect eagles at Duke Energy’s Top of the World Windpower Project in Wyoming, wildlife specialists in a specially built tower scan the sky and shut down turbines when eagles approach. The company also is testing new technology that automatically shuts down turbines when high-resolution cameras detect eagles.
To protect bats at several of its wind power projects, Duke Energy significantly reduces turbine blade speed during low-wind conditions in late summer and early fall, which coincides with bats’ migration and breeding season.
“We’re on the leading edge of addressing this issue,” says Tim Hayes, Duke Energy Renewables’ environmental director.