Bill Would Regulate Wind Turbines Along Coast

North Carolina senators looking at how to balance the demand for green energy with environmental protection and tourism have endorsed a bill that sidesteps regulating wind turbines on mountain ridges.

A Senate committee approved regulations Tuesday for where wind turbines can be built, but only along the coast. Bill sponsor Sen. Charlie Albertson of Duplin County said a dispute between tourism interests, mountain-district senators, and green-power advocates means a system for western North Carolina will be added later.

The proposed law would require a permit to build wind farms. They could be blocked if they have a negative effect on navigation, wildlife, or the views from any state or national park.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 20, 2009 at 07:23 PM
    put 1 (wind turbine) in my back yard. No complaint here.
  • by Mel Location: WV on Jul 11, 2009 at 10:26 AM
    I think it is a great thing to bring to NC. It would create jobs and bring $ to local businesses. I might even be able to come back down there and work close to home.
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Jul 7, 2009 at 06:22 PM
    We want you to go green,(which we cant afford), but NOT where I have to look at any of it. NIMBY, Not In My Back Yard. I guess down the street and around the corner is OK. Typical. Buzz-
  • by jocko on Jul 7, 2009 at 05:01 PM
    I think they are pretty, and love the sound they make.

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