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Friday, August 01, 2003

More Review for Wind Farms

Seems like wind farms are becoming the new nuclear power plants what with all the proposed regulation. This article Wind Farms Targeted For Stricter Review , AP (July 26, 2003) reports on new proposals to regulate wind. Apparently one of the criticisms of the existing regime is that "there is no federal regulatory process for approving the gangly producers of renewable energy." Project opponents say local communities should have a say in the projects, which can have a broad impact on the environment and aesthetics. In addition, lawmakers also want the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to have a say in how projects fit into a region's energy needs - even though traditionally, siting of generation has been a matter for state regulatory bodies.


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