No increase in wind turbine distance rules
The Government has decided not to increase the mandatory set-back distance for high-powered wind turbines.
However, a raft of new restrictions for wind turbine construction is expected to limit the impact on communities.
The new regulations retain the minimum 500m set-back distance for the construction of turbines near homes. But turbines will also have to be built a distance of four times the height of the turbine from residential areas.
This means a 150m wind turbine would have to be constructed at least 600m from the nearest home.
There will also be stringent restrictions on noise levels from high-powered turbines, which will impact on the number of turbines that can be built in one area.
Local authorities will be tasked with enforcing noise limit rules in their counties and the Environmental Protection Agency will police sound levels. Breaches of noise restrictions will result in turbines being turned off.