The legislature’s Regulation Review Committee today debated (again) and rejected (again) proposed regulations on the siting of wind generation towers in Connecticut.
Under state law, those wind towers can’t be constructed until regulations governing them are approved.
This time around, it was the municipalities requesting rejection because they feel the proposal lacks sufficient decommissioning provisions (for example, who pays to take down the tower once it reaches the end of its useful life). It appeared from today's discussion that they would like the regulations to require a decommissioning bond.
The Connecticut Siting Council (which proposed the regulations) contends that it does not have the authority to require such a bond.
Hence the latest delay. Today’s committee vote was 10-3 to reject the latest proposed regs "without prejudice" -- which means they can be modified and brought back to the committee for another vote next month.