US considers ‘eagle take permit’
US regulators are mulling whether to issue an ‘eagle take permit’ to EDF Renewable Energy’s 102.5MW Shiloh IV wind farm in California.
The federal Fish and Wildlife Service has released a draft environmental assessment that would allow the death of up to five golden eagles over five years. EDF said it would modify power lines and take other measures to protect the birds.
A 45-day comment period to allow interested parties to weigh in on the draft environmental assessment ends 11 November.
Shiloh IV became operational in December 2012. EDF installed 50 Repower MM92 turbines in the repowering project.
The wind farm delivers electricity into the CAISO transmission system under a 25-year power purchase agreement with Pacific Gas and Electric.
Image: Permit would allow wind farm to kill Golden eagles (US FWS)