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Planning concerns endanger Idaho project

UNITED STATES: Ridgeline Energy has been denied permission to build the Meadow Creek wind farm in Idaho by planning regulators.

The Bonneville Planning and Zoning Commission ruled against the wind farm on the grounds the turbines would disrupt scenic views and lower property prices, according to reports.

It was also felt the wind farm could hamper residential development. The project’s developers have 10-days to appeal the ruling.

Speaking to regional press about the ruling, Bonneville County Zoning Administrator, Steve Serr said: "Their argument was that if you have windmills full length along that ridge line, that it creates a fence or a wall that prohibits development from moving through."

According to the latest Windpower Monthly Market Status Report for the US, Idaho has a total wind energy capacity of 146.7MW with 71.4MW added last year.

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