Critics deride wind rules
The ordinance includes rules for commercial wind energy facilities on permits, approvals, oversight and operations. It is designed for municipalities in New York, but could be modified for use in other states. The center will issue a revised version after receiving comments on this draft.
But locals who have worked for protective wind power ordinances here don't think the law will stand up to scrutiny.
February 17, 2011
by Nancy Madsen
in Watertown Daily News
MODEL ORDINANCE: Columbia Law School draft 'outdated,' some turbine foes suggest
Columbia Law School has put its name on a model ordinance for wind turbine zoning, but local critics of wind power development say it isn't restrictive enough.
The Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School released the draft ordinance Tuesday.
"Certainly in New York state, wind power is the most frequently mentioned new source of renewable energy," said Michael B. Gerrard, the center's director and the Andrew Sabin professor of professional practice. "So a local ordinance seemed to be very appropriate. The overall effort is to help local entities... [continue via Web link]