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Wind turbines killing more hoary bats than expected

Hoary bat (Image source: USGS) Hoary bat (Image source: USGS)

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - A wind turbine company wants to increase limits on the number of Hawaiian hoary bats and nene allowed to die accidentally in its machines.

The Maui News reports that SunEdison, which owns the Kaheawa Wind Projects I and II, has found that the number of bats killed during its operations so far is significantly higher than predicated in 2006.

At the time, experts expected no more than one bat death per year.

SunEdison is asking the Endangered Species Recover Committee for permission to increase the number of bats that can die during the 20-year lifespan of its KWP II wind farm from 14 to 80.

The renewable energy developer met with the committee on Oahu Tuesday to get feedback the proposed amendments to its Habitat Conservation Plan.

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