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AK PENINSULA/BECHAROF IZEMBEK: Bird Friendly Wind Power Coming to Refuges
Alaska Region, May 24, 2010
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Wind power is coming to two remote Alaska refuges thanks to millions of dollars of federal stimulus money. Work is under way to install the Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWTs) to generate electricity at Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in Cold Bay and Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge in King Salmon.

Both of the refuges are important to migratory birds. With that in mind, the project has consists of 11 vertical wind turbines configured to minimize bird strikes. The birds see the vertical turbines as solid objects and therefore avoid them.

The project is costing $3.4 million. The turbines were built in New Jersey and are being installed by an Alaska company.

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Contact Info: Michael Brady, 907-246-1201, michael_brady@fws.gov
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