Bird killings: MNRE asks wind energy, transmission firms to take risk mitigation measures


Bird killings: MNRE asks wind energy, transmission firms to take risk mitigation measures

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has asked wind energy developers and power transmission companies to take risk mitigation measures to avoid bird collisions with wind turbines and their electrocution with power lines.

In focus mainly is the Great Indian Bustard (GIB), a critically endangered bird species found on the Indian subcontinent. “Electrocution with the transmission lines and collision with wind turbines of wind energy farms are major causes of death of the GIB birds in Rajasthan and Gujarat,” MNRE said in a circular on Tuesday.

In a recent research conducted by an international team of scientists studied the effects of wind turbine use in the Western Ghats. Wind farms are known to be harmful to birds, causing disruption in their migration patterns and resulting in above average death rates. Read More

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