Altmount Wind Farm Operators Offer Plan to Reduce Bird Deaths
The offer is good only if an environmental group drops its lawsuit over the deaths of thousands of birds.
Wind farm operators in the Altamont Pass are offering to shut down half of their electricity-producing windmills during the winter to reduce bird deaths and to replace them all with more modern machines within 13 years.
But the proposal, which Alameda County officials will consider Thursday, comes with strings attached. The offer is good only if an environmental group drops its lawsuit over the deaths of thousands of birds.
The Center for Biological Diversity says it won't drop the suit it filed against wind farm operators in November because their plan to reduce bird deaths doesn't go far enough.
As a part of the process announced Thursday, the Bureau of Land Management is amending 52 land-use plans in nine Western states, which Norton said will clear the way for wind farms generating 3,200 megawatts of wind energy
With an area of 568 sq.km and 85,000 residents, Phu Quoc's estimated electricity demand in 2005 was at 20,234 MWh, while its diesel-fueled generators produce only 7.5 MW, less than half the island's demand.