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New Technology Helps Protect Bats from Wind Turbines

With researchers and tech developers, Duke Energy helps develop the Bat Deterrent System
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Editor’s note: This story and photos were captured before the pandemic. Duke Energy crews are following stringent measures – including wearing masks and social distancing – to work safely while they perform essential work to keep the lights on. You can learn more about how we’re working safely during the pandemic here.

Why Are Bats Disappearing? Study Aims to Find Out

Duke Energy research will help scientists learn more about bats
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Bats are hard to find. They’re small (some weigh less than three pennies), they fly by night and hide during the day, but perhaps the most challenging part is that there are fewer of them than there used to be.

Numbers are dropping because of White Nose Syndrome, a disease caused by a fungus that’s spreading across the country. In North Carolina’s mountains, bat researcher Han Li said the population of certain species has dropped by 99 percent.

Duke Energy Renewables to Use New Technology to Help Protect Bats at Its Wind Sites

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  • Becomes first company to commercially deploy NRG Systems’ innovative Bat Deterrent System in the continental U.S.
  • Technology reduced bat fatalities by 50% during field testing
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  • Becomes first company to commercially deploy NRG Systems’ innovative Bat Deterrent System in the continental U.S.
  • Technology reduced bat fatalities by 50% during field testing

Freeport-McMoRan’s Morenci Mine Receives Award for Bat Preservation Program

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Freeport-McMoRan’s Morenci copper mining operations were recently honored by the Arizona Mining Association with the 2018 Sustainability, Preservation and Diversity in Environment award in recognition of environmental excellence.

The award recognized the Morenci operations for its role in protecting and monitoring some 1.5 million bats roosting in two areas – a nearby cave and a historic mine opening – as well as for conservation education outreach in the community.

Freeport-McMoRan, Cerro Verde and PT Freeport Indonesia Operations Receive Eight Wildlife Habitat Council Awards

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December 8, 2017 - The Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) announced their 2017 WHC Award winners on November 9. WHC honors programs and projects that demonstrate excellence in the areas of wildlife habitat enhancement and restoration, and conservation education.

Freeport-McMoRan has been a member of the WHC for many years and currently has 15 operating sites/facilities that are WHC certified at the gold level.

Duke Energy Foundation Awards $50,000 to Battle White-Nose Syndrome in Bats

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AUSTIN, Texas, April 25, 2017 /3BL Media/ – The effort to save North America’s imperiled bats has received a boost. Duke Energy Foundation announced today it is awarding $50,000 to support efforts by Bat Conservation International (BCI) to help with the recovery of the continent’s threatened and endangered bat species. The grant will supply critical funding to address major threats to bats including the deadly fungal disease, White-nose Syndrome.

Bacardi Installs Bat Caves at Bottling Plant to Save Bats

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Hamilton, Bermuda, October 26, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Bacardi gives new meaning to the phrase, “to the bat cave,” as a team of employees, in partnership with Lubee Bat Conservancy, erected several large bat habitats at the company’s BACARDÍ® rum bottling facility campus in Jacksonville, Florida.

Within just a few months, the habitats – branded bat caves – will be full of tenants. Together, the organizations are working hard to fight the devastation of habitat depletion that has occurred for bats, the world’s only flying mammals.

As Seen on The Guardian- Burned Birds and Banged-up Bats: Victims of Renewable Energy are Getting Help

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Reports of birds burning while flying over a heat-intensive batch of solar concentrating mirrors and migratory bats colliding with wind turbines have raised concerns among environmentalists about the impact that new renewable energy systems may have on US wildlife.

Ontario Children Helping House Endangered Bats

TransCanada and Earth Rangers partner to help protect Little Brown Bats.
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TransCanada and Earth Rangers partner to protect species-at-risk

A deadly fungus called White Nose Syndrome (WNS) is threatening to wipe out one of 19 bat species in Canada.

Ontario Children Helping House Endangered Bats

TransCanada and Earth Rangers partner to help protect Little Brown Bats.
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TransCanada and Earth Rangers partner to protect species-at-risk

A deadly fungus called White Nose Syndrome (WNS) is threatening to wipe out one of 19 bat species in Canada.

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