Task 34 - Working Together to Resolve Environmental Effects of Wind Energy (WREN)


To address concerns regarding the environmental effects of wind energy, both land-based and offshore. WREN is intended to serve as the leading international forum for cultivating deployment of wind energy worldwide through a better understanding of environmental issues and demonstrated solutions for those challenges.

Task Summary description at http://www.ieawind.org/summary_tasks_web/summary_page_34.html

PARTICIPANTSGermany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States
  • WREN, a publicly accessible hub, launched in 2015 to facilitate global collaboration on environmental issues of wind energy (tethys.pnnl.gov/about-wren

The hub focuses on information-sharing activities (web meetings/webinars, annual seminars, and workshops), and is an online platform to facilitate finding information on research, and provide tools for communication and collaboration.

Expected results: 
Continued development of WREN website and participants continue to develop white papers that focus, facilitate discussion on, and advance the state of understanding of global concerns in the wind community. Initial topics include adaptive management, cumulative impacts, and interpreting impacts on individual wildlife to the population level.


Task Operating Agent:  Karin SINCLAIR, NREL, United States, Karin.sinclair@nrel.gov

Task 34 website:

Irish National Participant: Oonagh Duggan, BirdWatch Ireland, oduggan@birdwatchireland.ie


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