Wednesday, 02 August 2017 13:09

New Wind Turbine Directives take aim at protecting habitat and wildlife

Written by Michael Short
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Alberta's wind energy production is going to expand in the coming years, and it's expected that by 2030 wind and solar will represent 30% of electricity produced in the province.

In my opinion, there is little doubt developing more renewable energy sources like wind and solar will help the environment by reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution.

Still, we need to be aware of the fact even green energy production can have an impact on habitat and wildlife. Some experts figure Wind turbines kill an estimated 140,000 to 328,000 birds each year in North America.

To mitigate the effects wind turbines can have on birds and bats Alberta Environment and Parks introduced The Wildlife Directive for Alberta Wind Energy Projects. I take a look at how these directives could help reduce the mortality rate of wildlife and takes steps at protecting critical habitat.

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