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Siting Council OK’s More Wind Turbines

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bnecolebrookwindsimulationfromsitingcouncil Siting Council OKs More Wind Turbines

A BNE simulation of what its wind farm turbines in Colebrook will look like from Route 44. Image from Connecticut Siting Council documents.

State regulators today approved a second wind farm location in Colebrook.

Connecticut Siting Council Executive Director Linda Roberts says the decision will not set a precedent, because the council considers each application on its own merits.

“The council did their homework,” Roberts said.  “They studied the issues, and when they came up with a decision that there was not a substantial environmental impact, it was done after much deliberation, and after much study.”

The council has yet to approve a development and management plan for the site.

When site operator BNE gets approval for those plans, it can begin construction.

The second Colebrook proposal was approved 6 – 1, with two members of the council recusing themselves.

But some Colebrook residents say the big windmills will wreck the town’s bucolic vistas.

State lawmakers yesterday approved a bill instructing the council to create regulations for future wind energy projects.

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