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Connecticut lifts three-year wind moratorium

UNITED STATES: Connecticut lawmakers have ended an effective moratorium on the building of wind projects that had been in force in the state since 2011.

Legislators at the Connecticut State Capitol have approved a renewables bill
Legislators at the Connecticut State Capitol have approved a renewables bill

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The Connecticut Regulation Review Committee moved to approve a law passed in 2011 after a deadlock that had seen it reject the bill five times causing all wind development to grind to a halt.

Due to a lack of regulations covering renewable energy developments, the authorities were unable to approve any wind projects in the state during this time.

Under the approved regulations, rules are laid out for the setback of turbines from properties and stipulate how the visual impact of projects should be assessed.

The move should allow for the development of utility-scale wind projects, which as of yet are nowhere to be seen in the state.

How quickly developers will move into the state remains to be seen, and Connecticut's binding target to get 23% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020 seems wildly optimistic.

Due to its location on the east coast and lack of coastline with direct access to the open waters of the Atlantic, Connecticut is not expected to become a major player in the wind market.

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