Prospects cool for NC regulations on wind turbines

RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina legislators say regulations for large-scale wind farms are facing headwinds of resistance because they would ban the massive turbines from mountaintops.

The regulations for where wind turbines can be built passed the Senate last year by a nearly unanimous margin. This year's General Assembly session starts on Wednesday.

But leaders in the state House committee likely to examine the proposal said Tuesday they don't like a condition demanded by mountain senators that would effectively ban the towers from wind-swept ridges.

Senate Majority Leader Martin Nesbitt is one of the strongest opponents of putting 40-story turbines on mountaintops. The Buncombe County Democrat says the place for industrial-scale windmills is on the state's coast, the Midwest and the Gulf of Mexico.

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