Update on the NWCC Wildlife Workgroup – NREL Selects AWWI to Manage the NWCC
We are delighted to announce that the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has completed its solicitation for facilitation of the National Wind Coordinating Collaborative (NWCC) and that it has selected the American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI) to facilitate the NWCC over the next five years. The contract (effective February 1, 2012) focuses on the NWCC’s Wildlife Workgroup, since the other workgroups are now dormant.
Under this new NREL contract to facilitate the NWCC, we enter an exciting period of continuity, powerful synergy, and effective adaptation to changing funding realities.
Continuity and synergy in the mission:
The mission of the NWCC Wildlife Workgroup is “to identify, define, discuss, and through broad stakeholder involvement and collaboration address wind-wildlife and wind-habitat interaction issues to promote the shared objective of developing commercial markets for wind power in the United States” (http://www.nationalwind.org/issues/wildlife.aspx). This critical mission coincides with AWWI’s mission: to “facilitate the timely and responsible development of wind energy while protecting wildlife and wildlife habitat."
Continuity and synergy in staffing, functions, and activities:
Abby Arnold and Lauren Flinn will continue to facilitate the NWCC, as Senior Facilitator and Facilitator respectively, while also working with AWWI; as you know, Abby serves as the Executive Director of AWWI. Lauren joined AWWI as Program Manager and Facilitator on December 1, 2011. NWCC’s problem-solving function and its research and outreach activities will also be supported and strengthened by the added value offered by AWWI, including commitment to a collaborative process and a leading national wind-wildlife expertise and research program led by AWWI’s research committee, technical advisors, and Director of Research and Evaluation, Taber Allison.
Next steps for the NWCC:
We provide a summary below of the main activities planned for 2012. Our first step will be to implement an evaluation of the mission, operating protocols, and membership structure of the NWCC Wildlife Workgroup. At the same time we will begin planning for the Wind Wildlife Research Meeting. Don’t forget to save the date of November 27-30 for this important meeting! (location still to be decided).
We look forward to working with each of you to explore ways to leverage the resources we have to support your work, facilitate progress, and advance our shared mission. It’s a pleasure to be back in touch!
NWCC Activities for 2012
Conducting an Evaluation of the Mission, Operating Protocols, and Membership Structure
Hosting (two) Research Webinars
Continuing to Facilitate the Two NWCC Research Collaboratives:
- Sage-Grouse Research Collaborative
- Grassland Community Collaborative
Enhancing the NWCC Website
Hosting the Ninth Wind Wildlife Research Meeting (scheduled for November 27-30)
- Hosting a Wildlife Workgroup Core Group Meeting