Responsible Renewable Energy Development
Climate change represents the greatest current threat to our native biodiversity. Audubon strongly supports the development of renewable energy sources. However it is also critical that these new energy sources be developed in a manner that minimizes direct and indirect impacts to native wildlife. Learn about Audubon’s efforts to ensure environmentally responsible development of renewable energy sources.
Climate change represents the greatest current threat to our native biodiversity and our planet, and Portland Audubon strongly supports the responsible development of renewable energy resources. However, it is also critical that these new energy sources be developed in a manner that minimizes direct and indirect impacts to native wildlife.
It is estimated that as many as 500,000 birds are dying annually from collisions with wind turbines. Wildlife can also be impacted when renewable energy developments are constructed in important habitat areas, resulting in habitat destruction and fragmentation. Portland Audubon is working to ensure that renewable energy developments are sited in locations that minimize impacts to native birds and wildlife and that when impacts do occur, that they are fully mitigated.
Our work includes advocating for strong regulations to ensure responsible siting, reviewing new energy developments, and when necessary litigating to prevent bad projects from moving forward. Renewable energy development can only be considered “green” if it is sited in a way that protects native birds and wildlife.
Columbia Plateau Ecoregion Wind Energy Siting and Permitting Guidelines
In 2008, Audubon worked with state and federal agencies, counties, wind developers and other conservation groups to develop Oregon’s first wind energy siting and permitting guidelines.
Litigating to Prevent Irresponsible Wind Development on Steens Mountain
Since 2008, Audubon and Oregon Natural Desert Association have been fighting a proposed wind development on Steens Mountain, an internationally recognized “Important Bird Area” and one of Oregon’s most iconic landscapes. Our advocacy and litigation has prevented this development, which originally would have covered more than 30,000 acres and harmed both golden eagles and sage grouse, from moving forward. Learn more