Klickitat County, in rural Washington, has emerged as a leader in promoting wind power. From yesterday’s Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

Earlier this year, county officials took a bold step by creating a so-called Energy Overlay Zone, a planning tool aimed at expediting renewable energy development. Wind developers—who often face bitter battles with locals who object to massive turbine farms—say it is the first such zone in the country, and they’re calling the few residents who live in Klickitat County a mighty progressive bunch.

I’m not sure whether the county’s residents would welcome being labelled “progressive”–but in this case, it seems to fit.

Update: More here.