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Wind power siting_and_environmental_issues_newman

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Wind power siting_and_environmental_issues_newman

  1. 1. Presenter:Christian Newman, MS, MBA, President, Pandion Systems, Inc.cmnewman@pandionsystems.comNYSERDA Study & Report Contributors:Dr. Jim Newman, Pandion Systems, Inc./EBIFDr. Ed Zillioux, EBIFDr. William Warren‐Hicks, EcoStat, Inc.Christian Newman, MS, MBA, Pandion Systems, Inc.Mark Watson, NYSERDAGreg Lampman, NYSERDAChristine Denny, MS, Pandion Systems, Inc.Peter Colverson, MS, Pandion Systems, Inc.Susan Marynowski, MS, Pandion Systems, Inc.Karen Hill, Pandion Systems, Inc.
  2. 2.  Environmental Firm Specializing In:  Wildlife‐Wind Interactions  Wildlife‐Utility Interactions  Environmental Communications & Public  Involvement Key Associations & Clients/Projects  NWCC/NREL  MMS  AWEA, CalWEA, NWCC
  3. 3.  Compare relative risks across major generation  types Include risks from resource extraction through  decommissioning Assess relative risk at all life‐cycles Base analysis on available literature Impartial to energy sources
  4. 4.  Variability & Uncertainty Wildlife Assumptions Life Cycle Assumptions Data Gaps
  5. 5. Draft RelativeLevel of Risk Exposure and Effects Populations: Large scale injury or mortality Highest Potential Habitat: Large scale destruction T and E species: Biologically significant reductions Populations: Limited, but locally to regionally important mortality Higher Potential Habitat: Limited, but locally to regionally important destruction T and E species: Incidental mortality and habitat destruction Populations: Limited and local, no population effects Moderate Potential Habitat: Limited and local T and E species: Exposure possible, mortality unlikely Populations: Limited to no population effects, some individual affects Lower Potential Habitat: Limited to none T and E species: Exposure unlikely Populations: Individuals only, if any Lowest Potential Habitat: Limited to none T and E species: Limited to no exposure
  6. 6.  Climate Change Acid Deposition Mercury  Bioaccumulation 
  7. 7.  Physical Injury and/or  Mortality to Wildlife Chemical Injury and/or  Mortality to Wildlife Disruption of Normal  Behavior of Wildlife  Destruction and  Alteration of Habitat
  8. 8. Past & Present Levels of Risk to Wildlife Highest Risk Level for Each Stage Relative Risk Level to Wildlife Does not reflect mitigation and future technology Type of Resource Fuel Construction of Power Transmission and Decommissioning ofEnergy Extraction Transportation Facility Generation Delivery Facility Highest Lower Lower Highest Moderate Lower Coal Potential Potential Potential Potential Potential Potential Higher Highest Lower Higher Moderate Lower Oil Potential Potential Potential Potential Potential PotentialNatural Higher Moderate Lowest Moderate Moderate Lowest Gas Potential Potential Potential Potential Potential Potential Moderate Lowest Lowest Moderate Moderate LowestNuclear Potential Potential Potential Potential Potential Potential Highest Higher Moderate HigherHydro None None Potential Potential Potential Potential Lowest Moderate Moderate Lowest Wind None None Potential Potential Potential Potential
  9. 9. We need to look at electricity generation from a  holistic standpoint‐ not just one or two stages.
  10. 10.  All energy sources affect  wildlife One cradle to grave approach Further analysis & studies  needed to quantify impacts Creates a framework for  rationale discussion about  comparative impacts
  11. 11. Christian Newman, President, PrincipalPandion Systems, Inc. Gainesville, FloridaAustin, TexasBurnt Hills, New YorkWhitingham, Vermont352‐372‐4747www.pandionsystems.comcmnewman@pandionsystems.com

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