New legislation addresses residential wind energy in New York
Town officials in New Hartford, New York, proposed new legislation regarding residential wind energy, which would establish rules that have not yet been formulated for use of off-grid wind energy, the Utica Observer-Dispatch reports.
Town Planning Board members discussed several aspects of the the proposals, including the aesthetics, safety and use of the wind energy generators. Others spoke on how far away from roads the windmills can be constructed, and how tall the structures can be when on residential property. The proposed ordinance divided windmill installations into three categories: Structures with a maximum height of 500 feet, those with a height of 180 feet, and mills that are only 50 feet high, the media outlet stated.
When an individual turbine is proposed, it will be assessed on such criteria as visual impact, noise, electromagnetic interference, avian impact and fiscal and economic issues. Turbines may also be placed in a classification of either 150 kilowatts or less or 10 kilowatts or less.
According to the American Wind Energy Association, at the end of the first quarter of 2012, Texas remained the top state for wind energy generation at 10,648 megawatts, compared with the next-highest state, Iowa, which produced 4,419 megawatts.