The Massachusetts House will be taking up a bill that will spell out regulations for siting wind turbines. It’s already been passed by the state Senate, and hopefully can become law before too long.

The problem, as so often happens, is that the technology is out ahead of the regulations. All over the state, people are looking to put up wind turbines on both a small scale – in their neighborhoods, or in scale developments. Local officials, charged with seeing that building and zoning regulations are followed, find themselves trying to interpret archaic regulations to the merging technology.

I know of two instances in the towns in my area where applications by individuals who wanted to erect turbines on their property were turned down, in large part because local officials didn’t know which regulations should apply.

Let’s hope the Massachusetts House sees fit to act.

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