End May be in Sight for Wind Farm Controversy
A twenty year battle between power companies and environmental groups over bird deaths at a giant wind farm may be coming to an end with a report from state energy officials.
Monday, August 16, 2004
The California Energy Commission report says as many as 47-hundred birds are killed each year by the more than five thousand turbines at a wind farm at Altamont Pass, between the Central Valley and the Bay Area. Among the report’s recommendations to reduce the death toll: using larger, more elevated turbines and painting blades in more easily detected colors. Jeff Miller is with the Center for Biological Diversity. He says some common ground may have been found with power companies. MILLER :06—Quite a number of them have verbally expressed an interest in implementing these recommendations, so the ball’s pretty much in their court at this point. Rick Koebbe of PowerWorks Inc. says blades are already being painted on some turbines. But he says electric company owners aren’t yet convinced all the report’s recommendations will work. KOEBBE :07—The task at hand now is to test them to see which ones are the most effective in keeping birds from running into wind turbines. Koebbe says some proposals, like larger windmills, would take time to implement because of cost. Bob Hensley KXJZ News.