Conn. Supreme Court Backs Wind Energy Regulation
The Connecticut Supreme Court has sided with a state agency regulating wind energy, rejecting a challenge by opponents of a wind power project.In a decision announced Monday, the court ruled 6-0 that a trial court was correct to dismiss appeals by opponents to the project by BNE Energy Inc. to build three wind turbines in Colebrook.
Opponents said the state Siting Council incorrectly determined it has jurisdiction and did not have "substantial evidence" to back the height of the turbines.
The court cited legislation passed by the General Assembly in 2011 directing the Siting Council to consult with state energy officials to adopt turbine regulations.
Joyce Hemingson, president of Fair Wind for Connecticut, the opposition group, said the decision was "not totally unexpected."
BNE did not immediately respond to an email.
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