rktect wrote:But what about all the dead birds?
My day job is with DTE Energy - I think it's about the 7th largest electric utility in the states. The company is making a lot of moves in transitioning away from coal (shutting down 3 more coal fired plants within the next 5 years). Some of this load is going to be backfilled by renewables, but given Michigan weather much is going to be replaced by gas fired plants. Wind energy makes the most sense for the company right now and we need to hit 25% renewable energy by 2030, so we have a lot of projects going on in the area. The bird problem isn't as big of a deal as some make it out to be. To give an idea of the scope of the problem, the 2015 article I linked below states that as many as 368,000 birds are killed by wind turbines every year. I'll admit this sounds like a lot at first, but when you consider that close to 1 Billion
birds are killed by flying into windows every year, it's pretty unfair to blame wind farms. The larger issue is actually bats, white nose syndrome (fungus that irritates and wakes bats up from hibernation prematurely) has been killing millions of bats in the states. WTGs are responsible for far fewer bat deaths, but because of the already strained number that is the larger concern when considering new wind developments. Happy to provide more sources if needed. https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.usatod ... p/21358155