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Protecting Birds from Power-Line Hazards

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Every year, many birds are killed through collision with power lines or through electrocution. Electric utilities have a strong incentive to reduce these deaths because 1) power outages may result, and 2) the utilities risk prosecution under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act or the Endangered Species act. Both civil and criminal penalties may be levied.

This course describes principles that individual utilities may use to formulate an Avian Protection Plan (APP). A utility that creates an APP following these guidelines and that addresses their specific avian issues can benefit through regulatory compliance, reliability improvements, cost savings and positive recognition from regulators and customers.

This course is based on the document, “Avian Protection Plan (APP) Guidelines,” prepared jointly by the Edison Electric Institute’s Avian Power Line Interaction Committee and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, April, 2005.

Learning Objectives:

Permit compliance
Construction design standards
Nest management
Mortality reduction measures
Avian reporting system
Avian enhancement options
Quality control
Corporate policy examples
Examples of forms for reporting bird mortality and nests
Standards for conductor separation
Perches, guards, and insulator covers


Aug 27, 2020


Civil Engineering , Electrical Engineering , Electrician





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