North Carolina legislators say regulations for large-scale wind farms are facing headwinds of resistance because they would ban the massive turbines from mountaintops.
The regulations for where wind turbines can be built passed the Senate last year by a nearly unanimous margin. This year's General Assembly session starts on Wednesday.
But leaders in the state House committee likely to examine the proposal said Tuesday they don't like a condition demanded by mountain senators that would effectively ban the towers from wind-swept ridges.
Senate Majority Leader Martin Nesbitt is one of the strongest opponents of putting 40-story turbines on mountaintops. The Buncombe County Democrat says the place for industrial-scale windmills is on the state's coast, the Midwest and the Gulf of Mexico.
Copyright 2015 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.