The Massachusetts House of Representatives has passed the Wind Energy Siting Reform Act by a vote of 101-52, according to the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF). Modeled after a bill passed by the Senate in February, the act will streamline the siting process for wind energy projects, making it easier for developers and local authorities alike to incorporate well-designed wind power initiatives into the plan to meet the state's energy demand.
‘Massachusetts needs to tap into its abundant wind energy resources in order to meet its clean energy goals,’ says Sue Reid, director of CLF's Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Change Program. ‘This new legislation will make it easier to develop well-designed wind energy projects. Today's vote represents a key victory in the state's ongoing efforts to reduce our dependence on dirty fossil-fuel fired power in Massachusetts.’
The bill will now head to a House-Senate conference committee for further discussion.
SOURCE: The Conservation Law Foundation