By STEPHEN SINGER, AP Business Writer

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut officials have rejected the state’s first proposed wind power project.

The Connecticut Siting Council, which is responsible for ruling on sites for power facilities, transmission lines and hazardous waste facilities, rejected a proposal Thursday to build a wind turbine in Prospect. In a 6-2 vote, the council cited the project’s visual impact.

A group of local residents fought the project, which would have produced 3.2 megawatts of power. Opponents said it was too close to residential neighborhoods, reducing home values with the noise from the blades and the flicker of sunlight.

Paul Corey, chairman of BNE Energy Inc., which proposed the wind turbines, said the project would have been far from residences. He says the decision is anti-business and bad policy.

  (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (7)
  1. steve beattie says:

    it never ceases to amaze me when the nimby’s come out. i’m sure these people are fully prepared to pay higher energy prices in order to prevent the windmills. i want to thak them for also increasing everyone elses energy costs as well.

  2. den says:

    Hurray!!!! Some people have finally seen the folly of wind power. If you want to decrease your energy costs……Drill Here, Drill now….Drill baby Drill!!!!!!

  3. pete says:

    DEN is correct. DRill Baby Drill. This country has BILLIONS OF Barrels of oil and trillions of MCFs of natural gas. The only think keeping IT from lowering our gas and electric bills are the democRATS. They don’t care about us but only there liberal socialist policies

  4. Doc says:

    Lefties love to talk the talk. How’s than wind farm off Nantucket coming along?

    How about we mine the coal, drill the oil, tap the gas, build the refineries, build the nukes and become energy self sufficient…and get the hell out of the Middle East.

  5. Jeff says:

    As a country, we need to pursue ALL energy sources to become energy independent. Given the fact that we in CT have some of the highest electricity prices in the country, we need to develop more of our own power generation. Developing multi-million dollar power generation projects here at home will also help the State’s economy and provide much needed well-paying jobs. But no our political leaders are more concerned about hiker’s or motorists potentially seeing some wind turbines that were to be installed in the woods. Are we crazy! We ought to be ashamed of ourselves. CT has become the laughing stock of the country.

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