The Center for Rural Affairs (CFRA) is giving cities and counties some guidance on creating wind energy ordinances.
It created a guide for local governments to use when they craft zoning and other rules for wind farms.
Lu Nelson, CFRA policy associate, says it includes background information and basic definitions.
“There’s quite a bit of homework involved, so we hope the guide will be useful in providing that base-level of knowledge, and giving an idea of here’s what has been standard or what other counties tend to look at,” Nelson tells Nebraska Radio Network.
There are tips on how to handle complaints and other problems that can arise from wind farms.
It also includes common requirements for siting, construction, and operation.
“Wind energy and even solar are very new for a lot of communities” Nelson says. “A lot of people don’t have even first-hand experience with them, so it’s a place to start.”
The information CFRA gathered is based on existing rules from around the country.
“What some states are looking to change about how wind is sited generally, not just at that county level,” he explains. “We picked from all of those sources and make a snapshot of what is happening right now.”
The Wind Energy Ordinance Guide is HERE.
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [:33]