In a unanimous vote, Connecticut legislators have approved regulations on wind power development and ended a three-year moratorium on new turbines in the state.
According to an Associated Press report, the state's Regulation Review Committee signed off on siting rules, such as those related to shadow flicker, noise and setbacks. In 2011, the state legislature established the wind moratorium that would remain in effect until the Connecticut Siting Council could come up with and adopt development regulations. However, the Regulation Review Committee had continually rejected the Siting Council's proposals, citing the need for more specificity and further collaboration, among other things.
Although Connecticut is not expected to become a huge player in wind development due to the state's East Coast location and lack of access to the Atlantic Ocean, AP notes that the moratorium was holding up several project plans, such as one proposal to install between four and eight turbines in the eastern part of the state.