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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