VT Digger: GMP agrees to fund bat conservation to offset potential turbine casualties

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Reposted from the VT Digger. By Andrew Stein. September 19, 2013.

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The Agency of Natural Resources and Green Mountain Power agreed last month to a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at protecting endangered bats near the utility’s 21-turbine wind generation site on Lowell Mountain.

The new agreement requires GMP to deposit $18,438 into a fund aimed at bat conservation efforts.

A previous state agreement signed in July of this year allows GMP’s 64.5-megawatt project to kill four little brown bats, one northern long-eared bat, one tri-colored bat and one small-footed bat between July 15 and the end of 2014. All of these bats are endangered.

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