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Wednesday, October 27 2004

Riley County wind power regs

They’re not perfect, but they’re much better than nothing: the Riley County Commission will probably put new wind power regulations into effect at their meeting Thursday night.

There’s a lot that could have been done better or different in these regulations, and it’s too bad that some people within the county government kept asking the wind energy developers to write their own regulations.

That said, these regulations recognize wind energy as being industrial development. Additionally, they require enough work on the part of the wind power developer that there are a number of avenues for preservationists to challenge any proposal.

To take a look at the regulatory package, you can download this pdf file. (You’ll need Acrobat Reader installed.) It’s unfortunate that these regulations don’t make reference to the Governor’s task force and its mapping project of intact prairie, but as noted previously, communication between the Governor and county governments on this issue hasn’t been obvious.

+ Dan @ 06:04pm


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