Regional
11:24 am
Wed August 26, 2009

Mesilla Extends Block on New Windmills

Mesilla – Mesilla trustees have extended a moratorium on building turbines for wind energy for 180 days to give a task force time to finish a study and make recommendations.

The current 120-day moratorium would have expired Sept. 8.

Mesilla officials have said the existing ordinance that regulates windmills needs to be updated because it doesn't include wind energy.

The study is being done by residents named to the Mesilla West Mesa Task Force, which is researching what other areas are doing to encourage, manage and regulate residential wind energy systems.

The task force was formed after concern arose over the installation of five wind turbines on a property in one neighborhood earlier this year.

Trustees approved the installation because it complied with current regulations.

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Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, http://www.lcsun-news.com

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