MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The owner of Vermont's most hotly debated wind power project says fully protecting bats around the site would cost about $4 million a year in reduced power output.
Vermont Public Radio reports (http://bit.ly/1bNAT6x) that the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources will hold a hearing on Thursday in Lowell on Green Mountain Power's request to kill up to four endangered bats a year at the Kingdom Community Wind site in Lowell.
The request comes as bat populations in the Northeast have been decimated by a fungal disease called white nose syndrome.
The draft permit says GMP will pay $18,000 a year to protect other bat colonies.
Steve Wright of the Ridgeprotectors environmental group says his group is among those objecting to the permit.