April 15, 2009
SAINT JOHN (CNB) - The province today released a report on model wind turbine provisions and best practices.
The report, prepared by Jaques Whitford, is entitled Model Wind Turbine Provisions and Best Practices for New Brunswick Municipalities, Rural Communities and Unincorporated Areas. It will act as a resource for local governments concerning wind energy projects, and will provide guidance for future zoning and the issuing of permits for wind farms throughout the province.
"There is strong support for wind energy in New Brunswick, and it is a key priority in growing the province's energy hub," said Energy Minister Jack Keir. "We recognize the need for guidance in regulating future wind energy, and wanted to provide New Brunswickers with information on this emerging industry. This comprehensive report will serve as a great asset in planning for future wind energy developments throughout New Brunswick."
The report provides a summary of best practices from around the world in choosing sites for wind farms. It addresses public concerns relating to their development, including noise, environmental effects on birds and bats, visual effects, and interference with telecommunications.
The report may be found on the Department of Energy website.
A landowner's brochure was created in the fall of 2008, which provides information on issues that landowners may wish to consider when approached by wind energy developers for access to their property. It is available at planning commission offices throughout New Brunswick, as well as on the Department of Energy website.
MEDIA CONTACT: Bonnie Doyle, communications, Department of Energy, 506-658-2410.