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Union plans to regulate wind farms

The Knox County town of Union is the latest in Maine to try to regulate development of new wind farms. Although there has been no apparent interest expressed in Union as a potential commercial wind farm site, town selectmen and residents say they wanted to be ready, just in case. The town's Land use Ordinance Renew Committee has developed an ordinance to regulate wind power.

UNION, Maine-- The Knox County town of Union is the latest in Maine to try to regulate development of new wind farms. Although there has been no apparent interest expressed in Union as a potential commercial wind farm site, town selectmen and residents say they wanted to be ready, just in case.

The town's Land use Ordinance Renew Committee has developed an ordinance to regulate wind power. Committee members say they studied ordinances in Dixmont and Thorndike, the ordinance written by the state and some from other states.

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Their plan is primarily targeted at noise problems, which have become highly controversial in wind projects in mars Hill and Vinalhaven.

Committee chairman John Gibbons says the ordinance would require a minimum half-mile buffer zone between large wind turbines and homes. The buffer could be reduced or even eliminated if wind project developers paid individual property owners for a "noise easement" - basically, paying for the right to make noise.

The ordinance also includes regulations about "flicker", which is the effect caused by light flashing through the spinning blades of a wind turbine, and protects certain,... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

UNION, MaineĀ -- The Knox County town of Union is the latest in Maine to try to regulate development of new wind farms. Although there has been no apparent interest expressed in Union as a potential commercial wind farm site, town selectmen and residents say they wanted to be ready, just in case.

The town's Land use Ordinance Renew Committee has developed an ordinance to regulate wind power. Committee members say they studied ordinances in Dixmont and Thorndike, the ordinance written by the state and some from other states.

WEB: Town of Union Proposed Ordinance Amendments

Their plan is primarily targeted at noise problems, which have become highly controversial in wind projects in mars Hill and Vinalhaven.

Committee chairman John Gibbons says the ordinance would require a minimum half-mile buffer zone between large wind turbines and homes. The buffer could be reduced or even eliminated if wind project developers paid individual property owners for a "noise easement" - basically, paying for the right to make noise.

The ordinance also includes regulations about "flicker", which is the effect caused by light flashing through the spinning blades of a wind turbine, and protects certain, specific, scenic views in the town.

Gibbons says the ordinance was written to help homeowners or farmers who want to build their own, small wind turbines. The regulations provide what he says is a simple process for turbines of 10 Kilowatts or less. Union already has zoning regulations for such turbines, and the committee members say the new ones will actually be easier for residents to navigate.

The ordinance is scheduled for a public hearing May 4, and then a town vote on June 14.


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APR 30 2010
https://www.windaction.org/posts/26003-union-plans-to-regulate-wind-farms
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