According to GreenOptions.com, House Bill H.R. 2337, entitled the Energy Policy Reform and Revitalization Act, is designed to promote alternative energy and efficiency. However, there’s a provision in the bill that was wind energy supporters up in arms.
“Subtitle D, called the Global Warming Wildlife Survival Act, would require new hoops and hurdles for wind power production. The American Wind Energy Association says the law would â€œeffectively shut down the wind energy production industry in the United States,â€ and House members of both political parties questioned why the wind industry should face new requirements that have never applied to other energy sectors. Some of those requirements include:
Directing the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) to review every existing and planned wind project and penalize operation of wind energy facilities not formally certified by USFWS.
Landowners and farmers with wind turbines on their property would be subject to inspection requirements at any time.
Landowners and farmers could face one year in jail or a $50,000 penalty for constructing or operating an uncertified wind turbine, regardless of whether it is for personal or commercial use.”
You can read the analysis from GreenOptions.com here.