Energy Northwest Cancels 80 MW Washington Wind Farm

Posted by NAW Staff on November 17, 2011 No Comments
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Energy Northwest has called off the development of the 80 MW Radar Ridge wind project that was planned for southwestern Washington, the News Tribune reports.

According to the News Tribune, new restrictions posed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) would have been too burdensome, because the area proposed for the wind farm was designated as habitat for marbled murrelets, a threatened seabird listed under the Endangered Species Act.

The FWS would have required the wind farm to shut down for six months out of the year during daylight hours, and the project would have received only a five-year permit with possible extensions, instead of a 25-year permit, the report adds.

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