Monday, December 6, 2010

Brown's Office Brokers Settlement to Save Birds and Make Altamont Wind Turbines More Efficient

OAKLAND -- Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced an agreement to upgrade the quarter-century-old wind turbines in Altamont Pass to make them more efficient and less deadly to migratory birds.

"This landmark settlement mandates the replacement of outmoded wind turbines with newer models that are more efficient, generate more power and are less harmful to eagles, falcons and other birds," Brown said.

The Altamont Pass Wind Resources Area in Alameda and Contra Costa counties is the site of the world's first wind turbines. These units, constructed more than three decades ago, are now outdated, inefficient and deadly to thousands of birds each year.

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