A Wyoming county extended its moratorium on new wind farms Tuesday

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A Wyoming county extended its moratorium on new wind farms Tuesday, lengthening a hold that has lasted more than a year.<p></p>

<p>The Sweetwater County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday extended its moratorium on wind farm development by three months, to September. The board first implemented the measure in February 2012 <a href="http://blogu.lu/chainsawsss/2013/07/16/h...ortant-factors/">lu/chainsawsss/2013/07/16/however-one-of-the-most-</a>.</p>

<p>The move shouldn`t hamper any wind power projects; a company with a project on the drawing board actually requested the extension, a representative says.</p>

<p>The county first passed a moratorium to give staff time to draw up wind farm regulations, a requirement to fall in line with state laws. But the county`s rules are as of yet unfinished, and the moratorium was set to expire in late June.</p>

<p>"This extension was bound to happen," Commissioner John Kolb, liaison to the county Planning and Zoning Department, said Monday <a href="http://www.csctrucks.com/Garbage-Truck_c4">Rear &amp; Loader</a>. "We`ve run out of time."</p>

<p>The extension is at least the second agreed to by the commissioners. The board voted in December to extend the moratorium to June 2013.</p>

<p>But the moratorium is unlikely to delay any projects in the county, as most wind power developers await new transmission lines planned to transverse the state. Wyoming added no new wind facilities statewide in 2012.</p>

<p>Commissioner Reid West said Monday he isn`t aware of any companies that plan to develop a project in Sweetwater County within a year <a href="http://www.soccertrainingjerseys.com/cat...ed-jerseys.html">Customized jerseys</a>.</p>

<p>A representative of one company that is looking to develop wind power projects in the county said he doesn`t mind the ongoing delays.</p>

<p>EDF project developer Alan Cowan said his company requested the moratorium be extended so the county can further refine its proposed rules <a href="http://www.cyepcb.com">Pcb board</a>.</p>

<p>EDF is developing the 40-turbine Quaking Aspen wind facility just south of Rock Springs. The project would be operational by 2018 at the earliest, so a temporary moratorium wouldn`t have any affect on the company`s plans.</p>

<p>"The moratorium was set to expire, so as a result of our request, the moratorium needed to be extended," Cowan said. "We`re completely fine with that."</p>

<p>The rules will address noise, setbacks from property lines and the county`s interaction with state wind farm regulators, among other things.</p>

<p>The extended moratorium will give county staff the time needed to finalize a draft of the rules, which would then undergo a possibly lengthy adoption and public comment process.</p>

<p>Director Tim Sammon said: "It is exciting to see our turbines being used to help Scottish Water reduce the cost of supplying a vital water and waste service to the community.</p>

<p>"We are seeing a new market segment by talking to companies such as Scottish Water, which have got very large and diverse land holdings and very large energy consumption."</p>

<p>Eddie Johnstone, of Scottish Water, said: "We`re delighted that this wind project at Stornoway has come to fruition."</p>

<p>Scottish Water needs a significant amount of energy to provide services to the people of Scotland.</p>

<p>"By installing the Evance small wind turbines, energy can be generated on-site for use on-site."</p>

<p>Evance said it has seen increasing demand for its small R900 turbines as consumers look to reduce their bills as energy costs keep rising <a href="http://surfingevents.com/profiles/blogs/...own-home-in-los">surfingevents</a>.</p>

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