The state Energy Commission and two regional park districts will be receiving $2.5 million in mitigation fees from an Altamont wind energy company.
The million dollar fee settlement comes as a result of eagle, hawk and other raptor deaths that occurred from the wind turbines in the Altamont Pass area.
From the Mercury News:
The NextEra wind energy company will replace some 2,400 turbines in the Altamont Pass area near Livermore over the next four years and will shut down its existing turbines no later than 2015 to protect eagles, hawks and other raptors, Attorney General Jerry Brown announced today.
NextEra also agreed to pay $2.5 million in mitigation fees, half to the state Energy Commission’s Public Integrated Energy Research Program and half to East Bay Regional Park District and the Livermore Area Regional Park District for raptor habitat creation.
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