Environmental Law Institute releases two studies that reveal local governments play major role in site development decisions for wind power projects, examines opportunities to locate commercial-scale wind facilities on government-owned lands, waters
WASHINGTON , June 20, 2011 (press release) – The Environmental Law Institute released two new wind power siting studies that examine and make recommendations on how state and local governments should site and permit large wind facilities. State Enabling Legislation for Commercial-Scale Wind Power Siting and the Local Government Role reveals that local governments play a major role in siting decisions in 48 of the 50 states. Researchers found that states can, but often have not, defined the scope and limits to local government siting regulations, and that state standards can assist in ensuring that relevant environmental and safety issues are addressed. Siting Wind Facilities on State-Owned Lands and Waters examines opportunities for siting commercial-scale wind facilities on government-owned lands and waters.