Environment & Energy Report

Artificial Intelligence Tested to Reduce Offshore Wind Bird Deaths (Corrected)

Oct. 31, 2018, 9:42 PMUpdated: Nov. 1, 2018, 9:37 PM

California is testing the use of artificial intelligence to help prevent offshore wind farms from killing birds.

The state is researching how to use computers to monitor video feeds of wind turbines and identify birds and their flight patterns around wind farms to help discern which ones die in turbine blades, California Energy Commissioner Karen Douglas told Bloomberg Environment Oct. 31.

“In terms of offshore wind, one of the big challenges is that there’s not an obvious way to necessarily know when a bird has been struck if you don’t have somebody out there,” Douglas said after an E2...

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