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Friday, September 23, 2011

Public Input Sought On Wind Power Regs


The first step towards developing regulations governing where wind farms can be built begins Oct. 13th with a public forum at the Connecticut Siting Council.

The forum, which will be held at the Siting Council’s headquarters at 10 Franklin Square, is an effort “to get an idea from the public what they think is important,” said Linda Roberts, executive director of the state agency.

“When we actually formulate the regulations, it’s going to be a more formal proceeding like a contested hearing,” Roberts said.

The Siting Council, working in concert with other state agencies has until July 1, 2012 to establish the regulations. The establishment of the regulations was ordered by the legislature through Public Act 11-245, which was approved by lawmakers in July of this year.

Lawmakers passed the public act after controversy erupted over a pair wind farm applications the Siting Council dealt with earlier this year. One, involving a project in Prospect, was approved while another associated with two wind farm sites in Colebrook was approved.

A pair of lawsuits have been filed appealing the Siting Council's approval of the wind farm sites in Colebrook.

The Oct. 13th forum will be held in two shifts, the first from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the second from 6:30 p.m. yo 9 p.m.

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