Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Communities Roll Out the Welcome Mat for Wind Farms reported yesterday on two Central Illinois counties that are rolling out alternative energy welcome mats in the form of ordinances that can streamline construction of wind farms.

According to the article "[t]he Woodford and Tazewell County ordinances address a number of concerns, including setbacks from homes, wind turbine height, annual inspections by factory representatives, safety devices to prevent people from climbing towers and a decommissioning plan involving a surety bond or escrow account funded by the company."

The ordinances are designed to direct wind farm development into the agricultural areas in each county and reflect an effort by communities in the area to encourage wind farm development by addressing turbine siting issues at the regional level.

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