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has a commission called EFSEC (Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council) that rules the process per a State law from the '70s that is revised occasionally to keep up with developments. Their plan and site reviews are quite comprehensive, and they have knowledgeable staff. Siting has many aspects, including migratory-bird routes, but the approved plans are very ad hoc.

I don't believe that there is a specific set-off for wind turbines from residences, though folks in our neighborhood used to talk about 1.5 - 2 tower height distances (analogous to how we talk about buffers for various activities in the forest). The reality, though, is that the wind turbines around here are developed in groups and sited on farmland (usually) where structures are distant - but farming activities often come closer than 1 tower height.

paul spencer

by paul spencer (spencerinthegorge AT yahoo DOT com) on Sat Mar 7th, 2015 at 12:57:04 PM EST
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