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On September 21, 2010, the Lee County Board in Lee County Illinois adopted this moratorium on wind farm applications until the ordinance governing wind development could be updated.
The purpose of this Ordinance is to protect the health, safety, and general welfare of the residents and property owners of Phillips by establishing reasonable and uniform regulations for Wind Energy Facilities (WEFs). The comprehensive setback standards detailed in the ordinance protect against the hazards of a) Falling and Debris Hazard, b) Flicker Hazard, and c) Acoustic Hazard.
Centerville Township, located in Leelanau County Michigan adopted this commerical wind energy zoning ordinance on August 18. 2010. The ordinance provides detailed standards for siting wind turbines to ensure the public is appropriately protected. Portions of the ordinance appeear below. The full ordinance can be accessed by clicking the links on this page.
This document represents the WI Wind Siting Council's final recommendations to the Public Service Commission regarding the proper siting of wind energy facilities. The Council was unable to achieve consensus on its findings and recommendations. Included in the document is a minority report prepared by four of the fifteen members sitting on the Council. Appendix B contains the straw proposal proffered by the Chairman of the Council, Dan Ebert. The straw proposal formed the basis of the recommendations.
House of Lords: A bill to make provision for a minimum distance between wind turbines and residential premises according to the size of the wind turbine; and for connected purposes.
The Rensselaerville Wind Power Committee was tasked with making recommendations for Non-Commercial Wind Power and large scale Industrial Wind Power. The report prepared by the Committee can be accessed by clicking on either link at the bottom of this page. The table of contents of the report is provided below.
The township of Holland in northeastern Wisconsin recently drafted an ordinance to protect the health and safety of its residents from Invenergy LLC's proposed plan to build industrial wind turbines within 1000 ft. of residences. After extensive study and review of wind turbines and their effects on people, wildlife, farm animals, and land, the town wind study committee, planning commission, and town board unanimously approved increasing the set-back to 2640ft(1/2 mile) from occupied structures and limiting noise to a maximum of 35 decibels. A summary of the ordinance is below. The full ordinance can be accessed by clicking on the link(s) at the bottom of the page.
Montville, Maine adopted a wind ordinance that addressed setback and noise concerns raised by the residents. A portion of the ordinance is provided below. The full ordinance along with background information can be accessed by selecting the documents on this page.
Thorndike Maine adopted the attached wind ordinance. A portion of the ordinance is provided below. To access the full ordinance, click the links on this page.
Residents of the Town of Dartmouth, Massachusetts filed this complaint against the Town's Selectboard members due to legal failures identified in the complaint involving a special permit to construct two utility-scale wind turbines. The introduction of the complaint is provided below. The full complaint can be accessed by clicking on the link(s) at the bottom of this page.
Centerville Township in Leelanau County has prepared this commercial wind energy systems ordinance.
This appeal was filed by the Concerned Citizens to Save Roxbury ("CCSR") in response to the August 20, 2009 final order issued by Maine's Department of Environmental Protection granting approval for Record Hill Wind LLC to construct a 22-turbine wind energy facility in Roxbury, Maine. The aggrieved parties further request a public hearing on its appeal on the grounds that credible, conflicting medical and technical information regarding the licensing criterion and it is likely that a public hearing will assist the State in understanding the evidence.
The residents of Libertyville, IL struggled since April 2009 with noise and flicker from a 120-foot, 50 kilowatt Entegrity wind turbine erected within 250-feet of residential properties. Following a civil proceeding seeking relief from the noise and other nuisances, the Court issued a compromise ruling ordering turbine operation be restricted to weekdays only during the hours of 9am to 3pm. Below is an excerpt of the court transcript explaining the law supporting the Court's ruling. The full transcript can be accessed by clicking on the link below.
This letter was prepared in response to the March 13, 2009 recommendations of the Clayton Wind Law Committee, a committee established by the Town Board. The comments contained are limited to the town’s consideration of limits on the development of utility-scale, industrial wind turbines, especially as part of a multi-turbine wind farm. NY Attorney Gary Abraham submitted the letter on behalf of Environmentally Concerned Citizens Organization (ECCO).
In this exchange of letters between Coos County treasurer, Fred King, and NH Attorney General Kelly Ayotte, King accuses the AG's office of bias in its representation of the public during proceedings before the NH Site Evaluation Committee (SEC). Noble Environmental Power, operating under the name Granite Reliable Power LLC, is seeking to construct and operate a 99MW wind energy facility proposed for the County.
Attorney Arthur J. Giacalone critiques the Wind Energy Regulation recently adopted by the Town of Holland in New York State. His comments, while specific to Holland's law, are applicable to other jurisdictions within New York State. Additionally, the issues he highlights apply to locations outside of the State.
In a public hearing session held on March 21, 2009 lasting from 9:00am Saturday to 3:40am Sunday, the hearing officer for Dekalb County heard extensive testimony for and against a proposal by FPL Energy to erect 133 turbines in the county. In a 14-page document filed with the county, the hearing officer recommended that the Special Use Permit be denied and listed eight reasons. The full document can be accessed by clicking on the links below.