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Despite bogus studies and the opinions of wind industry shills, here is some of the ignored proof that repowering Altamont with much larger turbines has resulted in more eagle fatalities. Keep in mind that this total could be higher because wind employees do pick up carcasses and not all eagle fatalities are reported.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Forget all the estimates and the "smoke and mirrors" data acquired by this industry's hired fake experts. Below are the actual eagle carcass counts from the first studies conducted around these much larger turbines. These two repowering projects at Altamont represent 58.46 MW of power and they produced 5 reported eagle carcasses. In sharp contrast the five year study conducted by Smallwood produced an average of about 11 eagle carcasses per year. The 11 eagle carcasses represent an eagle mortality carcass rate of .019  per MW with the total 580 MW footprint and the 5400 small turbines in service at that time.


With the 58.46 MW footprint of the two projects shown below, the 5 reported eagle carcasses show an eagle mortality rate of .0855 per MW. This actual eagle carcass rate is 4.5 times higher per MW when compared to the small turbines Smallwood studied between1998-2003. This increase in eagles killed per MW is also consistent with the large increase of eagle carcasses from Altamont being reported by the FWS over the last several years.  

The Diablo Winds Energy Project

The Diablo Winds Energy Project is located in Alameda County California. The project was completed in February 2005 and consists of 31 Vestas V47 turbines (660 kW) located on the Elworthy property in the central portion of the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area. Together the Diablo turbines represent 20.46 MW.


Two actual Eagle fatalities were reported from the Diablo turbines in the first 1 year study.


"Bird Casualty Finds

Bird fatalities found between March 2005 and February 2006 are listed in Appendix A. This list

includes fatalities observed on standardized search plots and other fatalities that were not

observed on standardized search plots (WRRS and incidental finds). Between 7 March 2005 and

22 February 2006, 16 avian fatalities were found and are plotted in Figure 2. Of the 16, 4 were

reported by Diablo Winds maintenance personnel incidentally through the WRRS reporting

program. Seven raptors were found (5 red-tailed hawks, 1 golden eagle, 1 burrowing owl), with

3 raptors reported by Diablo Winds through the WRRS. Two red-tailed hawk fatalities were

found incidentally by Diablo Winds personnel on the same day very close to one another. An

injured golden eagle was found on the site near turbine 13. According to the veterinarian report, the eagle was missing a wing, the bird was very thin, and the exposed humerus bone was dead, suggesting the collision had not occurred recently."




Buena Vista  (38 MW project)



"In 2005, Buena Vista, LLC (BV LLC), a subsidiary of Babcock & Brown, obtained a permit

from Contra Costa County to repower Buena Vista by removing 179 existing 150- and 160

kilowatt wind turbines and replacing them with 38 new 1-megawatt (MW) turbines constructed

by Mitsubishi Power Systems. Construction was initiated in 2005 and the newly repowered wind

farm became operational in December 2006."


At Buena vista 3 golden eagle carcasses were found in just a 6 month period between 7/24/08 and 1/4/09.




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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."


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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.”

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