The wind industry has always taken big steps to reduce its environmental impacts on wildlife, and in particular, bats. In addition to extensive environmental studies and siting procedures, the wind industry has also created the Bats and Wind Energy Cooperative, in an effort to reduce impacts on bats in the vicinity of certain mountaintop wind facilities. In 2015, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) announced new voluntary best practices that would reduce impacts on bats by 30%.
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The scientific community agrees that climate change is the greatest threat to thewildlife. While all forms of energy generation have some effect on the environment, studies have shown wind energy to have the lowest impact on wildlife and their habitats.
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