Pattern Energy, the San Francisco-based wind developer, will not develop a 100 megawatts Yolo County wind project because of the impact the project could have on local bird populations.
The Yolo project is located close to Sacramento, Calif. and was in mid-stage development but had not yet entered construction, Pattern said. A spokesman declined to detail the project’s development costs, only to say that it was a material investment.
“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,” said Pattern Energy CEO Mike Garland, in a prepared statement.
Pattern currently has 520 megawatts of wind power projects in operation. The company expects to bring 1,000 megawatts of wind projects into construction over the next 12 months.