Wind Power Outfit – NextEra Drives Off Bats Using Sonic Torture Devices

A justifiably angry Esther Wrightman unloads on NextEra’s latest outrage in Ontario.

Wind developers deploy ultrasonic units to ‘jam’ bat echolocation
Ontario Wind Resistance
Esther Wrightman
26 May 2017

NextEra is sticking Ultrasonic Units on their Jericho, Goshen and Bluewater wind turbines for the purpose of deterring bats from flying near them.

Perhaps this wouldn’t piss me off so much if pre-construction they had absolutely no idea that bats were going to be killed by their machines.

But they did. And they built them anyways. Now what is their solution?

To “jam” (their word) the bat’s echolocation with ultrasonic frequencies. Then they won’t be able to communicate or know where the fuck (yeah I’m mad) they are flying, and will hopefully flee to some non-turbine infested area, if they still exist anywhere locally. I believe this is called “habitat displacement”, which Dr. Scott Petrie warned all the wind developers of over and over for the past half dozen years.

Ah, but NextEra and their ilk are “good green corporate citizens” – they wouldn’t take part in something so repulsive as this, would they? They did it to humans so maybe…

The problem for the wind company is not the laborious and tedious job of picking up all the dead bat carcasses (a bloody pain I suspect though), it’s the horrid “mitigation” that they are forced to do when they exceed the “kill threshold” of birds, bats and raptors set by the Ministry of Natural Resources – they are exceeding them all the freakin’ time!

Supposedly the MNR will sometimes make the wind companies that exceed their kill limits, “curtail” (shut down) their turbines during peak migration, night or in low winds when the bats are out and about. (Honestly I highly doubt anyone is watching or monitoring, but lets give them the benefit of the doubt here). That lost production really sucks for the wind companies ’cause they are losing way too much $$. Every little penny counts for their greedy little hearts.

Again, the problem is not the killing of Endangered Species (which is what is happening, with impunity), that doesn’t bother the wind company at all or they would shut their turbines down most willingly.

Instead they employ these fancy new Ultrasonic blasters to scare those little buggers away. Because that’s what good neighbours do when they come to a land full of Endangered Species. They wreck their homes. You know, like eagle nests and stuff.

Here’s their sales pitch:

“Instead of curtailing to avoid take, deter bats from the turbine”

(“Take”, for those unfamiliar with the lingo, is “kill”. Sounds nicer, eh? Note also this is all about avoiding curtailment, not avoiding bat kill, and certainly not avoiding destruction of habitat!)

“Many bats rely on echolocation for orienting, foraging and communication – Echolocation “jamming” most effective defense against bats ever documented.”(So they recognize what the bats needs to survive, and then wallop them with a baseball bat. Note also they use the negative wording, “defence against bats”. That shows their true colours on this issue.)

“Deterrent units create a broad range of frequencies to deter different bat species.”

(Oh well, wind developers know all about ‘broad ranges of frequencies’ to deter human beings, so I believe them!)

Here’s another thought. How is a wind developer, or anyone for that matter, permitted to disrupt an Endangered Species habitat like this? What exactly is the purpose of the supposed protection of the Act if wind developers are allowed to kill, harm, harass and maim them as much as they want?! Aren’t developers usually penalized for this kind of deliberate destruction?
Ontario Wind Resistance

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  1. Reblogged this on UPPER SONACHAN WIND FARM.

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  3. I wonder when the leaseholders, who surely are the most environmentally sensitive people in Ontario, are going to speak up about this torture to endangered species?
    It’s hard not to get enraged and sarcastic about such things.

  4. Ross King says:

    I’m still waiting for *SOMEONE* to mount a co-ordinated Avian-Kill Count for each wind-farm and report monthly stats. Were the Greens not so heavily invested (literally as well as metaphorically???) they’d be all over this outrage, shouting from the rooftops” “EXTERNALITIES!!!!!”
    So much for Intellectual Honesty and HELLO, Hypocrisy.
    And these are just the bats …. what about the raptors too?

  5. Jackie Rovensky says:

    Now I understand you are angry but lets accept we need THOUSANDS of these things all over the place to ensure the environment is saved – so all living creatures can thrive into the future.
    We just have to accept when they say ‘living creatures’ they mean those that can be created with the click of a computer program or maybe we will be able to ‘manufacture’ our own using a 3D printer to replace those lost while saving the environment!
    Keep up the anger we need to ensure the true environment is saved and Bats are a massively important part of our environments.
    NextEra hopefully will be one of those things lost in a New Era of awareness of what we have and could loose if this industry is allowed to continue to prosper and spread.

    • Whether it's human or animal collateral damage Jackie it's simply a case of those unfortunates being expected to take one for the side.  The side of course being the pack of rent seekers and corrupt politicians riding the renewables gravy train oops… the population crying out to be rescued from impeding climate catastrophe.

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