Wind Energy Environmental Assessment
The burgeoning wind energy industry on the Llano Estacado of Texas is generally considered environment friendly. However, conflicts can arise for some wildlife species that may collide with turbines or avoid previously occupied habitat where turbines have been constructed.
Tech University professor Clint Boal is working with several governmental agencies to discover ways to mitigate these wildlife – wind energy conflicts. His research has focused on movement patterns and mortality rates of golden eagles due to wind energy, migration ecology of Swainson's hawks and potential conflict as wind energy develops in Central and South America, and more locally on displacement of some species.
The research Boal and his students and colleagues are performing is important in that it increases our understanding of perceived and realized conflict, and works toward identifying mitigations measures that may be taken to help ensure wind energy is truly environment friendly.
- Dr. Clint Boal Profile - Department of Natural Resources Management
- Researcher Aiding in Study of Eagle Interaction with Wind Turbines
- Patterns of Avian and Bat Mortality at Utility-Scaled Wind Farm
- Assessing the Influence of Wind Turbines and Land-use on Mortality Risk of Avian Species on the Llano Estacado with Emphasis on Birds of Prey
- Texas Tech researcher uses GPS to track golden eagles