Wind farm in California scrapped to save golden eagles

Golden eagles were among the species of concern with a Yolo County wind farm.

Golden eagles were among the species of concern with a Yolo County wind farm.

San Francisco-based wind power and transmission line developer Pattern Energy Group said it is abandoning a 100 megawatt wind farm it had begun work on in Yolo County to save birds including bald and golden eagles.

Television personality Stephen Colbert, who has a bald eagle bred and born at the San Francisco Zoo named after him, should be proud.

"Our view is that the risk to sensitive species at this project site outweighs the project benefits," said Pattern CEO Mike Garland in a statement released to the press. "This is partly because the mitigation efforts available do not meet our high standards and requirements.”

Matt Dallas, a Pattern spokesman, said the company wasn't forced to abandon its plans for the wind farm but believed it was the right thing to do.

"We want people to know we're walking away from this project because we don't want to run into this issue," Dallas said.

Read more in the San Francisco Business Times.

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