Connecticut Seal

General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 6249

January Session, 2011

 

LCO No. 2640

 

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Referred to Committee on Energy and Technology

 

Introduced by:

 

(ET)

 

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A MORATORIUM ON THE SITING OF WIND PROJECTS UNTIL THE ADOPTION OF REGULATIONS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) The Connecticut Siting Council, in consultation with the Department of Public Utility Control and the Department of Environmental Protection, shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 of the general statutes, concerning the siting of wind turbines. Such regulations shall include, but not be limited to, (1) a consideration of (A) setbacks, including considerations of tower height and distance from neighboring properties; (B) flicker; (C) a requirement for the developer to decommission the facility at the end of its useful life; (D) different requirements for projects of different sizes; (E) ice throw; (F) blade shear; and (G) impact on natural resources; and (2) a requirement for a public hearing for wind turbine projects.

(b) The Connecticut Siting Council shall temporarily suspend action on any application for siting of a wind turbine until the adoption of regulations pursuant to subsection (a) of this section. For any wind turbine application submitted to the siting council on or before the effective date of this section, the siting council shall resume consideration of such application upon adoption of such regulations and shall allow such applicant the opportunity to satisfy the regulation requirements.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

from passage

New section

Statement of Purpose:

To require the Connecticut Siting Council to adopt regulations for wind turbine projects and put a moratorium on any applications until such regulations are adopted.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]