Monday, January 24, 2005

California Energy Commission Report Recommends Removing Wind Turbines From Altamont Pass

Inside Bay published this article yesterday afternoon on the recent report by the California Energy Commission on the Altamont Pass wind turbine facility. The new study recommends removing up to 653 of the 5200 wind turbines in the Altamont Pass and shutting down the remaining machines each winter and fall to reduce bird deaths. According to the Inside Bay Area article, an estimated 881 to 1,300 birds of prey are killed each year by wind farms in the Altamont Pass, including 75 to 116 protected golden eagles. The Commission's recommendations are based on achieving an 85 % mortality reduction in six years.

The report is part of a broad review of 3600 wind farm permits in Alameda County, CA. While the Commission can't require wind turbine operators to comply with its recommendations, the County could impose conditions as a part of the permit review process.

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