Research: Wind energy suffers from regulation disparities [Video]

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28 August, 2015


To bring more renewable energy sources into the national grid, researchers believe we may need to band together when it comes to regulation.

A study conducted by the Center for Rural Affairs examined four states known for wind energy production and found inconsistencies between state and local zoning laws held the technology back from reaching its full potential. Wind energy installations can be subject to a litany of uneven regulations depending on where machines are erected and which body decides to govern them. These rules including noise ordinances, wildlife preservation tactics and simple aesthetic concerns.

Without adopting a more uniform system, wind energy advocates believe lawmakers are unintentionally limiting the proliferation of clean energy. As of 2013, wind energy accounted for more than 4 percent of the nation's electrical capacity.

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