AWEA's Anderson: Op-ed exaggerates avian impacts

03/25/2013 | Elko Daily Free Press (Nev.)

An op-ed in a Nevada newspaper exaggerated the effect of wind farms on birds and other wildlife, writes John Anderson, director of siting policy for the American Wind Energy Association. Wind is one of the most benign sources of electricity, and the writer used an overinflated estimate of avian strikes to make his argument, Anderson notes. A more accurate estimate, by the National Wind Coordinating Collaborative, puts the estimated bird deaths linked to wind turbines at no more than 200,000 per year, which is small compared to other causes, such as buildings, which account for at least 97 million and possibly up to 976 million bird deaths per year, Anderson writes.

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