A Nevada wind farm has killed triple the number of bats allowed under an agreement with federal wildlife officials, yet the federal government has imposed no significant penalties.
Facility Responds to Bat Deaths
Located 260 miles northeast of Las Vegas, the 152-megawatt Spring Valley Wind Energy project supplies energy to approximately 40,000 homes. The project, however, has been forced to make changes in its operations after killing 566 bats in 2013, nearly three times the 169 allowed per year.
Operational changes included adjusting the “cut-in” speeds of the turbines on nights when bat activity is high, so the turbines start turning only when sustained winds reach about 11 mph instead of the normal cut-in speed of 7 mph.
“We will continue to conduct research on both bird and bat activity at the facility, as well as on potential mitigation strategies, to continue to reduce our impact,” said Rene Braud, director of environmental compliance at Pattern Energy, which operates the...
With Congress returning from its August recess, proponents of extending a federal subsidy to the wind-energy industry—the production tax credit (PTC)—say they plan to leave no stone unturned in their efforts to continue receiving favorable treatment under the tax code.
Navigating an abbreviated congressional calendar, including a midterm election in early November and a “lame-duck” session sometime thereafter, will be challenging for both friends and foes of the PTC. Together with other tax...
Leonardo DiCaprio last weekend participated in the “People’s Climate March” in New York City and followed it up with an address to the United Nations. He’s got that kind of access now that he’s been appointed the United Nations’ latest “Messenger for Peace.”
If you have not seen Leo’s speech, it’s quite a remarkable dramatic performance – and we should expect nothing less from the star of “Critters 3” and other fine films. Catch the video and run-down of Leo’s speech at ...
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