Federal agency reviews golden eagle take permit for EDF wind project

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is issuing a draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) covering a take permit for golden eagles in association with the operation of the Shiloh IV Wind Project in Solano County, Calif.

The DEA was prepared in response to an application from Shiloh IV Wind Project LLC, an affiliate of EDF Renewable Development, for a five-year programmatic take permit for golden eagles, the service said in a notice to be published in the Sept. 27 Federal Register. The company would implement a conservation program to avoid, minimize, and compensate for the project’s impacts to eagles, as described in the applicant’s Eagle Conservation Plan (ECP).

The Shiloh IV Wind Project is an existing, operational wind facility in the Montezuma Hills Wind Resource Area within Solano County. The permit applicant, Shiloh IV, is operating a 100-MW wind facility, consisting of 50 wind turbines, each with a 2-MW generation capacity. This project was constructed adjacent to other existing wind facilities.

The recently constructed (December 2012) Shiloh IV Wind Project was a repowering and infill project entailing the decommissioning and removal of Kennetech wind turbines originally constructed in the late 1980s, the service noted.

The public process for the proposed federal permit action will be completed after the public comment period on the DEA, at which time the service will evaluate the permit application and the DEA comments to determine whether the application meets permitting requirements. The service will make the final permit decision no sooner than 30 days after the close of the public comment period.

EDF Renewable Energy announced Jan. 8 that the repowered Shiloh IV Wind Project became operational on Dec. 21, 2012. The project, developed and owned by EDF Renewable, will deliver carbon-free electricity into the California ISO transmission system for the benefit of Pacific Gas and Electric, a subsidary of PG&E Corp. (NYSE: PCG), under a 25-year power purchase agreement.

Consisting of 50 REpower MM92 turbines, Shiloh IV represents the largest operational wind repowering project in the country, whereby older wind technology installed in the late 1980s was replaced with modern technology, EDF noted at the time.

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