Wind Turbine Ban Dropped From North Carolina Statehouse Legislation

first_img ADC AUTHOR A North Carolina state Senate ban on new wind turbine construction across wide swaths of the state has been pulled for a compromise proposal that would add new regulations for building the power-generation structures, The State reported Friday.State negotiators removed the wind turbine freeze from the Senate-approved legislation and added a new provision to the state’s permitting process that directs the state to request for more guidance from military installation commanders.If ultimately signed into state law, the regulatory requirement would be in addition to rules requiring wind turbine companies to seek local, state and federal approval prior to wind turbine construction.The new provision, approved by a state House committee last week, sought a compromise between the House and Senate which differed over the strict ban proposed by state Sen. Harry Brown (R-Jacksonville) that would entirely halt wind turbine construction.Brown has previously warned that wind farms are a threat to installations because they can interfere with military flight training.He has maintained that North Carolina’s wind farms could weaken future statehouse efforts to retain the state’s military installations when federal congressional committees evaluate whether to close or consolidate various bases. Photo courtesy of NASAlast_img

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