OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 6249

AN ACT REQUIRING THE ADOPTION OF REGULATIONS FOR THE SITING OF WIND PROJECTS.

SUMMARY:

This bill requires the Connecticut Siting Council, in consultation with the departments of Public Utility Control and Environmental Protection, to adopt regulations concerning the siting of wind turbines. The council must resume its consideration of any application pending as of the bill's date of passage upon the adoption of the regulations and give the applicant the opportunity to satisfy the requirements in the regulations. The regulations must at least consider (1) setbacks, including tower height and distance from neighboring properties; (2) flicker; (3) a requirement for the developer to decommission the facility at the end of its useful life; (4) different requirements for different size projects; (5) ice throw; (6) blade shear; and (7) impact on natural resources. The regulations must also require a public hearing for wind turbine projects.

By law, the council can approve proposals for electric generating facilities by (1) granting a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need or (2) issuing a declaratory ruling, depending on the facility's characteristics. Siting Council law refers to certificate “applications” and declaratory ruling “petitions. ” It is not clear whether the bill applies to the latter.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

COMMITTEE ACTION

Energy and Technology Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

14

Nay

6

(02/15/2011)