Weber County proposal would relax wind power restrictions

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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- Homeowners in Weber County could soon get permission to place small wind turbines on their homes to generate electricity.

Planning commissioners are considering amending zoning rules to allow the practice.

Current zoning allows for 40-foot tall windmills only in agricultural areas. The proposal could clear the way for the devices on half-acre residential lots.

Small turbines can cost between $12,000 and $15,000 to install, but come with state and federal tax breaks.

Some residents object to the idea on aesthetic grounds. They say the turbines will detract from area scenery.

Information from: Standard-Examiner

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