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Exponent to Participate in Bat Study Awarded by US Department of Energy


May 27, 2009

Exponent's EcoSciences Practice will be working on one of more than 50 new wind energy projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The project entitled "Spatially-Explicit Bat Impact Screening Tool for Turbine Siting," will be conducted in collaboration with Versar, a publicly held international professional services firm supporting government and industry in national defense/homeland defense programs, environmental health and safety and infrastructure revitalization. The objective of the project is to develop a model that can be used to evaluate the potential for wind projects sited in different locations to impact bats, taking into account bat biology and behavior. Wind project impacts on bats has become a significant issue in many geographical locations, particularly where certain bat species are listed as threatened and endangered.

The projects were announced by Department of Energy Secretary, Steven Chu on May 6th.  A copy of the Department of Energy's Press Release can be found here.