5.1.4 Overcoming Local Permitting Opposition

LPDD Recommendation: “Congress or states may wish to adopt preemptive or guiding regulations to govern the types of permitting processes localities may impose on renewable energy projects.”

New York’s Article X

Gives the state's siting board considerable authority to override local laws.

New Jersey law promoting wind variances

State law makes it easier for wind project proponents to get variances from local zoning ordinances by nominating wind generation as an “inherently beneficial use.”