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Hundreds jam state hearing on wind energy rules

MADISON, Wis. – Hundreds have packed a legislative hearing on how far energy-generating wind turbines should be located from property lines.

Statewide construction standards for turbines are set to go into effect on March 1.

Gov. Scott Walker and his fellow Republicans have raised concerns that the regulations would allow turbines to be built too close to a neighbor’s property.

Walker proposed a bill with larger setbacks but lawmakers decided not to consider it after critics said the measure would hurt the wind industry. GOP lawmakers instead have chosen to approach the issue through the rule-making process.

Republicans on the rule committee told state regulators they’re worried the rules allow turbines to be built so close to property lines neighbors could get hurt.

The committee wasn’t expected to take any action on Wednesday.