Over the last several years the wind industry has experienced significant growth, however, unlike the early days of the industry, when little was understood about turbine and wildlife interactions, this recent growth phase has been coupled with a better understanding of siting challenges and employing practices designed to reduce the potential effects of wind energy development and operations to wildlife and their habitats.
In order to ensure that current and future siting challenges do not become an larger barrier to deployment, and guarantee that wildlife and other siting issues do not impact facility performance, it is critical that siting and operations professionals stay abreast of the latest issues and equip themselves with the tools and knowledge essential to the timely permitting, construction, and operations of wind farms.
Taking place in the charming southern city of New Orleans, Louisiana, from Wednesday, March 20th, to Thursday, March 21st, is the AWEA Wind Project Siting Seminar. This two-day event features an agenda that aims to equip wind farm developers, operators, and other wind industry stakeholders, with the latest information and strategies for optimizing value for wind projects across the country that face a myriad of siting and operational issues.
The seminar brings together leaders from the industry, government, scientific communities to collaborate on lessons learned and create a robust event that will crystallize the latest issues. This includes keynote speaker Associate Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior Elizabeth Klein as well as leading representatives from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), Bats and Wind Energy Cooperative (BWEC), the American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI), Western Ecosystems Technologies (WEST) Inc., the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), and many more.
Seminar sessions will cover many topics, including:
- Latest information and details on understanding, monitoring, and mitigating impacts on wildlife, including bald and golden eagle populations and bats.
- Confronting challenges while developing local community and interested stakeholder buy-in when advancing their projects.
- Need-to-know information on many other siting policy issues.
The event also features:
- A Poster Networking Reception – Educational posters will be on display on the exhibit floor lounge area and poster creators will be available to discuss their findings.
View the entire agenda here: http://bit.ly/1dksU6I.
You really won’t want to miss this event so register now: http://bit.ly/1luGSDN.