Legislative Committee Rejects Wind Energy Regs

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — State lawmakers have again rejected proposed regulations for large-scale wind energy projects, extending Connecticut’s ban on new wind turbines.

The Journal Inquirer reports  that members of a legislative committee rejected the most recent proposal from the Connecticut Siting Council. Lawmakers said the rules would make it too easy for developers to get around the regulations with waivers.

Without regulations to govern wind projects, the 2011 ban on turbines will continue for at least another month. That would delay projects in Ashford, Colebrook, Union and Prospect.

At issue is how much control local officials should have over wind turbine projects in their towns.

Robert Stein, chairman of the Siting Council, told lawmakers he tried to strike a balance between strict regulations with greater local control and rules permitting windmills.

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Information from: Journal Inquirer, http://www.journalinquirer.com

 

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