Stantec have been the so-called expert consultants for most wind projects in the northeast and always find that there will be no adverse impacts to wildlife.
Adam Gravel, of Stantec, testified in the VT PSB hearing for the Lowell mtn wind project, that he wasn't concerned about the cumulative impact to birds and bats from the proliferation of wind projects.
The Stantec consultants are paid to say what their clients, the wind industry, want them to say. They have no credibility.
Bird and bat fatalities are kept from the public and vastly under reported by wind industry consultants like Stantec.
Birds, bats and wildlife have a better chance of adapting to climate change than adapting to the adverse impacts of industrial scale wind projects.
In the northeast and much of the US there's an oversupply of generation. Demand is down due to conservation, efficiency and the recession. We don't need to be building new generation; especially expensive, intermittent, environmentally destructive industrial scale wind projects.
The folly of wind power is apparent when one looks at the
transmission gridlock in Orrington, ME. First Wind built the Stetson projects and then a 40 mile transmission line to Orrington. Two base load generators, a pooling hydro and a gas plant, are also transmitting power to the grid from Orrington resulting in an over supply on the transmission line to the NE grid from Orrington. Wind power, when available, is given transmission preference and the base load generators, who sold their output in the day ahead market, are backed down or curtailed, but they are still paid for the power they contracted to provide in the day ahead market even though they are not putting that power on the grid. So the ratepayers are paying for the surplus, unneeded, wind power as well as the power the base load generators are paid for but not generating.
These costs and the costs of transmission built for wind projects are going to soon be felt by ratepayers.
Finally, a regulatory body doing it's job and protecting rate payers from these subsidy sucking, environmentally destructive First Wind parasites.