Locating new commercial wind developments in Oregon is getting more difficult, not just because the premier locations are now festooned with towers, but because opponents, with the support of local governments, are favoring strict standards on towers over the revenue and green energy they also provide. On June 29, the Umatilla Board of County Commissioners adopted one of the broadest and most sweeping regulations limiting the location of wind turbines across the state.
The City of Portland Bureaus of Development Services and Sustainable Development proposed a series of incentives for the development of green energy technologies or “green bundle” within the City back in July of 2009. This “green bundle” was part of a number of other technical amendments to the City Zoning Code known as RICAP 5. The green amendments included exempting eco-roofs from design review, setting standards for the location of water cisterns and wind turbines and exempting roof-mounted solar panels from design review in non-historic areas.
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