Other Applicable State Regulations

In addition to the above-referenced regulations, a wind energy project may be subject to myriad additional state regulatory programs. Although such matters will often be subject to state jurisdiction, in some cases, authority is delegated to local governments. For example, issues related to transportation of turbines and site access may require special approvals from state highway or transportation departments. Curb cut permits may be required, and separate approvals may be necessary to remove certain trees or make improvements along scenic roads. Other requirements may include permission to use former railroad property or ROW, permits to install water wells, issuance of a notice prior to demolition work, compliance with state building codes, and environmental inspection during construction.

The New York Department of Agriculture and Markets has created wind energy agricultural mitigation guidelines to facilitate the review process.

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Failure to identify and properly address these additional regulatory programs can have dramatic repercussions. Even one missing approval can impact a developer's ability to obtain financing or result in costly construction delays. Constructing without the appropriate permits can lead to civil and criminal fines and penalties, including incarceration.

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from sunlight, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wind. These sources are naturally and constantly replenished, which is why they are deemed as renewable. The usage of renewable energy sources is very important when considering the sustainability of the existing energy usage of the world. While there is currently an abundance of non-renewable energy sources, such as nuclear fuels, these energy sources are depleting. In addition to being a non-renewable supply, the non-renewable energy sources release emissions into the air, which has an adverse effect on the environment.

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