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Moratorium imposed on wind turbines

An expected trend derived from the recent unveiling of a wind turbine at the University of Delaware has City Council drafting new regulations into its code. A moratorium has been imposed on the issuance of any permits or licenses for wind turbines.

LEWES -- An expected trend derived from the recent unveiling of a wind turbine at the University of Delaware has City Council drafting new regulations into its code.

A moratorium has been imposed on the issuance of any permits or licenses for wind turbines while an ordinance is drafted.

The suspension will run until April 11, 2011, unless lifted by the council.

"This is not to prohibit the use of that type of energy structure," said Mayor Jim Ford. "Rather, it's an attempt to have proper controls, guidelines and permitted uses on the books for our reference."

The city does not specifically address wind turbines in its code, Ford said.

Issues addressed in the ordinance, he said, would include the space between the structures, height, sound generation, blade speed and effects on bird migration.

Also included in the ordinance will be guidelines surrounding current zoning codes and electricity payment rates.

"We need to have conversations among the council, the Board of Public Works and the Planning Commission to figure out how these things should be addressed," Ford said.

While the UD wind turbine is the only structure of its kind in the city, the council is preparing for an... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

LEWES -- An expected trend derived from the recent unveiling of a wind turbine at the University of Delaware has City Council drafting new regulations into its code.

A moratorium has been imposed on the issuance of any permits or licenses for wind turbines while an ordinance is drafted.

The suspension will run until April 11, 2011, unless lifted by the council.

"This is not to prohibit the use of that type of energy structure," said Mayor Jim Ford. "Rather, it's an attempt to have proper controls, guidelines and permitted uses on the books for our reference."

The city does not specifically address wind turbines in its code, Ford said.

Issues addressed in the ordinance, he said, would include the space between the structures, height, sound generation, blade speed and effects on bird migration.

Also included in the ordinance will be guidelines surrounding current zoning codes and electricity payment rates.

"We need to have conversations among the council, the Board of Public Works and the Planning Commission to figure out how these things should be addressed," Ford said.

While the UD wind turbine is the only structure of its kind in the city, the council is preparing for an influx of permit applications from residents and businesses for smaller units.

According to Delaware Renewable Energy Company, an alternative energy generator retailer, a wind turbine or solar energy system can add $20,000 per unit to the value of a home.

Nantuckets, a Fenwick Island restaurant, installed a wind turbine roughly a year ago and, according to Chef Mike Priola, the benefits have been substantial.

"We also have solar panels and, between the two, our utility bill has been cut by 18 percent," he said. "I'd highly recommend doing this in a private home because you'd never see a utility bill again."

Resident Larry Wiley said wind turbines are the future and it's a good thing the council is drafting regulations.

"I think what they're doing is right in terms of getting the rules in place before anyone starts building," he said.

Wiley added that wind turbines are a good alternative source of energy.

"We have lots of different issues in regards to oil and gas and this will help to supplement those things," he said. "Maybe someday we'll all have a wind turbine in our backyards."


Source: http://www.delmarvanow.com/...

MAY 19 2010
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