New USDA study highlights energy production opportunities at airports

March 30, 2012 |

In Washington, the USDA announced a recent study conducted by researchers from APHIS, highlighting the potential for alternative energy production at airports.

Researchers at the USDA-APHIS National Wildlife Research Center note that many airport properties are already managed to reduce wildlife abundance and habitat quality as part of efforts to avoid wildlife collisions with aircraft. Once biofuel crops are identified for airport use that have low wildlife-strike risks compared to existing airport landcovers, converting grasslands to these land uses could produce renewable energy and also provide airports with an additional source of revenue.

The study findings were published in an article titled “Airports Offer Unrealized Potential for Alternative Energy Production” in Environmental Management.

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