Jefferson County enacted a six-month moratorium on any new non-commercial wind energy conversion systems — commonly called wind turbines — until county staff and elected officials can reconsider the county’s alternative energy regulations.
The decision stems from controversy surrounding an Evergreen resident’s proposal to build a 70-foot wind turbine on his property in Evergreen Meadows. Among other things, residents are concerned that a wind turbine would pose fire, noise and safety concerns. They also fear it wouldn’t fit in aesthetically and are worried it could be dangerous for birds.
After hearing from a number of residents regarding the wind turbine, the Board of County Commissioners opted to take another look at the county’s alternative-energy regulations given their belief that it’s important to hear from the public regarding this type of project. Further, the county modeled its original regulations on various cities and counties that have since updated their policies.