Nov. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Pattern Energy Group LP will abandon a 100-megawatt wind project it’s developing near Sacramento, California, that may have become a hazard to golden eagles, bald eagles and other local birds.
The Yolo County project is the third that the closely held renewable energy developer has abandoned due to environmental concerns, Matt Dallas, a spokesman, said in an e-mail today.
The company hadn’t begun construction on the project. Dallas said development costs to date have been “material,” and he wouldn’t give a price.
“We have invested a lot in time and costs associated with development,” he said. Pattern operates wind farms with 520 megawatts of capacity.
“This would have been a strong source of wind power for California, which needs more renewable energy, but the right thing to do is abandon this project,” San Francisco-based Pattern’s Chief Executive Officer Mike Garland said today in a statement.
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