"I certainly have very high hopes," he said, adding that
The agency uses Doppler radar to predict storms, but the movement of wind turbine propellers can mimic weather.
Young said accurate radar data relies on movement — still objects including buildings, trees and towers are filtered out to allow for an analysis of the weather.
On its website,
Young said the disruption caused by wind farms is based on their proximity to radar sites.
"The closer you get, that clutter becomes larger and larger," he said.
In extreme circumstances, wind turbines can block radar scans, which Young compares to beams of light emanating from a flashlight.
"If you put a large obstruction in front of your flashlight, you are going to create a shadow behind it, where you can't see anything," he said, adding that the same thing can happen when scanning wind farms.
He said so far
Young added that he has been working with research groups at
The project will allow forecasters to better distinguish between weather and wind farms, but it still might not be enough in extreme weather, he said.
As an "extra layer of protection,"
Young said the agreement will include shutting down wind turbines if necessary during extreme weather events.
A spokeswoman for NextEra Energy Canada, which has wind projects in
"The mitigation agreement would provide
Part of the problem is the competition for prime real estate, Young said.
"The ideal places for locating a wind farm are also ideal locations for weather radar," he said. "You are close to populations and close to infrastructure."
He added that he works with a U.S. counterpart to discuss wind farms close to the U.S.-
"Our radar coverage is nowhere near as dense as the U.S. network," he said.
He added that other types of radar in
"It's not a problem limited to
Most Popular Stories
- Alabama House Speaker Arrested on Felony Ethics Charges
- 'Fury' Blows 'Gone Girl' Out of the Box Office
- Turkey to Help Kurds Reach Fight in Kobani
- ISIS Seeks to Expand Terror War
- German Intelligence Blames Ukraine Rebels for MH17
- Perez Leads Push for Obama's Job Proposals
- Prius Drivers Battle Stereotypes
- Microsoft's Cloud Platform Shines
- Clinton Rallies Early Vote for Landrieu
- 2016 Camaro Shrinks, Moves to Caddy Platform