AWEA Wind Project Siting & Environmental Compliance Conference 2017

March 20 - 22, 2017

Austin, TX

Department of Energy

Department of Energy.  Trained falcon equipped with GPS and VHF tracking, gathering data
to help scientists improve bird detection technology.

Pre-Conference Seminar: Advancing Wildlife Impact Minimization Technologies

March 20, 2017 | 12:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Attending this post-conference seminar requires an additional registration fee of $75. You can select this add-on during the registration process. 


  • Discuss promising, early-stage concepts and technologies, and what is needed to foster their advancement
  • Discuss lessons learned where wildlife detection and deterrent technology components have been integrated and implemented, taking into account previous topical discussions
  • Develop pathways to increasing development, use, and support for minimization technologies


12:30 PM - 12:45 PM

Introductions and Review Agenda

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Learning from Technology Inventors/Developers/Enablers

  • Expediting development of new technologies
  • Adapting components of existing technologies and/or from adjacent industries (radar, visual, species identification, communication/SCADA design, others)-
  • Forming effective partnerships
  • Sources of funding
  • Opportunities for government and public involvement

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM 

Lessons Learned from Technology Integration Efforts and Industry Opportunities in Enabling Integration

  • Existing technologies and their implementation
  • What is the process by which technology development can progress to bring more options to industry
  • Importance of OEM system integration
  • Evaluating effectiveness at operational wind facilities – successes and challenges
  • Discussion of lesson learned and how these can be applied to ensure future successes

2:30 PM – 2:50 PM


2:50 PM - 3:50 PM

Breakout Discussion: Overcoming Barriers to Developing and Applying Minimization Technologies

  • What are the major obstacles to technology development, installation, and evaluation and how can they be addressed?
  • What can federal and state regulatory agencies do to encourage development and application of these technologies?
  • What partnerships are needed or need to be reinforced? (federal agencies, public benefit corporations, industry, and other investors)
  • Many of the technologies developed to date are for onshore. Are their advances in turbine design and placement (on and offshore) that we need to consider as technologies are developed in the future?

3:50 PM - 4:30 PM

Discussion Debrief

  • Groups report back on discussions

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Next Steps for Wind Wildlife Technology R&D Efforts