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Showcase Saint Nikola156MW WindFarm


Environmental best practices in wind farm development. Presentation by Teodor Bobochikov at RenweablesUK2010

Environmental best practices in wind farm development. Presentation by Teodor Bobochikov at RenweablesUK2010

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  • Holding company with investments in generation and utility businesses – non-recourse business model Operations in 29 countries managing 38,820 MW generation capacity and 14 utilities that serve 11 million people Over 3,000 MW in construction


  • 1. Saint Nikola Wind Farm 156MW – Environmental Focus (showcase) Birds and bird radars during development, construction and operations
  • 2. About the AES Corporation: Global Operations The AES Corporation is a Fortune 500 global power company with generation and distribution businesses. Through our diverse portfolio of thermal and renewable energy sources, we safely provide affordable and sustainable energy in 29 countries. AES Operations AES Headquarters Key 27,000 78,161 GWh 4, 630 MW 35,704 MW $14,119 Million Global workforce Electricity sold to AES utility customers in 2009 Capacity at AES utility businesses Capacity at AES generation businesses 2009 Revenue
  • 3. In the next 15 min…
    • Environmental focus – EMEA Finance Award 2009
    • Long term bird monitoring (> 5 years)
    • Statistical definition of bird behaviour
    • Mitigation measures – radar, continuous monitoring, field ornithologists, etc.
  • 4. The Investor’s approach on the Environmental aspect
    • Open minded since Day One
    • Adaptive and flexible – project relocation from the future Natura 2000
    • On-site bird monitoring since 2002; migrations, nesting, wintering birds and bats
    • Designing and testing the right mitigation measures for the specific project
  • 5. Saint Nikola Wind Farm 156MW
  • 6. Do we know birds behaviour?
    • Scientists are trying and learning continually
    • Wind farms with radars and intensive scientific reserches add value to scientists efforts to discover
    • Bulgarian Academy of Sciences at 7 th International Animal Navigation Conference, UK. Dr Pavel Zehtendjiev on the migrating birds behavior and external factors
  • 7. Do we know birds behaviour?
    • We are learning along with the scientists
  • 8. Our wind farm mitigation measures
  • 9. Our wind farm mitigation measures 4min 7.5km
  • 10. Does the mitigation measures work?
    • What happened this year?
    • On 1 st of September the wind started blows form West. The filed ornithologists raised the attention as per the procedure.
    • On 2 nd and 3th we (both human and radar) detected increasing number of migrating white storks. The wind farm was stopped for 18 hours which completely eliminated the risk for the birds.
  • 11. What we learnt?
    • Sustainability requires that the Investors, Authorities and Stakeholders are focused on the “right” thing
    • Investors should ask the experts and stimulate them to talk. Listen!
    • Design and execute without leaving anything behind
    • One bird doesn’t make a spring! The Government polices and focus on proper permitting is a prerequisite
  • 12. Thank you!
    • Teodor Bobochikov
    • Business Development Director
    • AES Wind Generation Europe
    • e-mail:
    • mobile: +359 886 166 151