Lake County Illinois is considering a good strategy to help them move forward with wind power projects. The idea may help other areas that want to embrace wind projects but have been struggling with wind energy regulations.
Wrestling for two years with wind project regulations, Lake County Board members are now looking to separate regulations for large wind farm proposals from smaller turbine requests from homeowners, schools and businesses. Separating the two would allow the County Board to vote separately on these widely different aspects of the country’s proposed regulations.
By separating the types of projects being considered, regulations for smaller turbines would have a better chance of being approved. This would allow schools and unincorporated land owners the opportunity to move forward with requests while larger wind farm regulations continue to be developed.
Since several board members disfavor larger turbine farms in Lake County, and local residents have come out in droves against a proposed 10 turbine wind farm project in the area, focusing first on small wind project regulations could support the development of wind power but on a scale that satisfies everyone involved. It’s a kind of Win-Win for all.