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Southeast Nebraska county eyes tougher wind-energy rules

November 22, 2019

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — Officials in a southeast Nebraska county are considering a change to their local wind-energy regulations at the request of a group that opposes the growing presence of wind farms in rural areas.

The Beatrice Daily Sun reports that Gage County’s Board of Supervisors will hold a meeting next month to discuss the changes proposed by Prairie Wind Watchers.

Larry Allder of Prairie Wind Watchers says his group wants to increase the minimum setbacks between wind turbines and private property from 3/8ths of a mile to one mile.

He also proposed a requirement that wind companies secure written agreements with property owners before operating a turbine nearby. He says it’s necessary because turbines have grown and now have a wider impact than older models.

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Information from: Beatrice Sun, http://www.beatricedailysun.com