Red Tape and Green Power

October 3rd, 2008 by Peter Schmelzer

The Network for New Energy Choices has prepared “Taking the Red Tape out of Green Power”, compiled as a resource to help governments understand and correct obstacles to small renewable electricty generation. (Link to PDF Document)

As Northfield rewrites is Zoning Ordinance and puts the finishing touches on its Comprehensive Plan, this will serve as a good resource. Two facts are presented about transitioning to renewable electrical generation: it is not about funding expensive demonstrations of technology; and strong commitment by local officials is vital to making it possible. Obstacles for both solar power and wind power are listed and discussed. Homeowner’s Associations also get some attention. For those with less time to read all 108 pages, skip to Chapter 4 which focuses on recommendations.

Both former Secretary of State George Schulz and former Vice President Al Gore hit regulatory obstacles last year as they tried to install solar panels on their houses.

Consider this a call to action for Northfield staff and citizens to smooth the path for development of renewable energy in and around Northfield.

Source: The Angle

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