Dec 18, 2007 — There are more than a dozen industrial-scale wind farms in various stages of development across the North Country. New York's "home rule" tradition gives the task of regulating this booming industry to local town councils. The local boards have limited resources for research, and widely varying degrees of expertise in siting wind turbines. You can listen to a story on the strain it's putting on local governments on our website, ncpr.org. The lack of standards is writ large across the country, because there are no federal guidelines for wind development, either. The process for protecting wildlife from new wind turbines varies by state, and sometimes within states. Wind developers and the federal government say that's hindering the nation's ability to take advantage of this renewable energy. Lisa Ann Pinkerton reports on a couple of approaches.