Battle lines being drawn? – Montana joining Maryland in legislation to establish standards for industrial wind.

The lines form:  Note that “A third, less contentious bill would create minimum standards — such as buffer zones between wind turbines and other existing facilities — and require developers of wind farms with 30 or more turbines to provide bonding or other financial assurances to ensure decommissioning and reclamation.”

Capitol digest: Wind talk will heat up

Gazette News Service | Posted: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 10:20 pm

CHEYENNE — Several wind energy proposals made by Gov. Dave Freudenthal will likely be taken up by state legislators today or Thursday, said House Majority Leader Ed Buchanan, R-Torrington.

Perhaps the most controversial of the proposed bills, which would create a $3-per-megawatt-hour tax on electricity generating from wind turbines, was submitted on Tuesday with five co-sponsors each from the House and Senate.

Another controversial proposal would impose a one-year moratorium on wind energy companies’ eminent-domain powers.

In addition, Sen. John Schiffer, R-Kaycee, has submitted a bill independently of the governor that would go even further by permanently limiting eminent-domain powers for power lines only to public utilities, electric co-ops and transmission line associations.

A third, less contentious bill would create minimum standards — such as buffer zones between wind turbines and other existing facilities — and require developers of wind farms with 30 or more turbines to provide bonding or other financial assurances to ensure decommissioning and reclamation.

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Related link:  Hey! You can’t just go around setting standards for industrial wind! Next thing you know, you’ll want them to product electric!

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