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Wind Energy Facilities Sited Near Military Operations

Concerning limitations on the construction of wind energy facilities sited near military resources.
2021 Regular Session
Bill Summary

The bill requires a wind energy developer or owner to notify the United States department of defense military aviation and installation assurance siting clearinghouse (clearinghouse) of the new construction or expansion of a wind energy facility if the proposed project would include vertical construction exceeding 200 feet in height.

Upon receiving notification of a proposed project, the clearinghouse is requested to review the proposed project to determine whether it would have an adverse impact to military mission, training, or operations and to notify the wind energy developer of its determination in writing within 90 days after receiving the notice. If the clearinghouse determines the proposed project will have no adverse impact, the proposed project may proceed. If the clearinghouse determines that the proposed project will have an adverse impact, the proposed project may proceed only if the wind energy developer or owner commits to resolving the adverse impact through the implementation of mitigation measures that the clearinghouse identifies in its determination.

A wind energy developer or owner shall not construct a new wind energy facility or expand an existing wind energy facility in a manner that includes any vertical construction in excess of 50 feet in height if the wind energy facility is located within 2 nautical miles of an active federal military missile launch or control facility.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)




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Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Sen. B. Gardner



The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details