Siting Wind Turbines
This page provides resources about wind turbine siting.
The National Wind Coordinating Collaborative (NWCC) produces various resource documents, case studies, principles and guidelines on topics such as siting and permitting, wildlife issues, economic development, wind energy transmission, and utility system integration. The NWCC is a consensus-based collaborative that identifies issues that affect the use of wind power, establishes dialogue among key stakeholders, and catalyzes activities to support the development of environmentally, economically, and politically sustainable commercial markets for wind power. The NWCC consists of wind energy supporters as well as those who see potential concerns with development.
The American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI) facilitates timely and responsible development of wind energy, while protecting wildlife and wildlife habitat. AWWI was created and is sustained by a unique collaboration of environmentalists, conservationists, state wildlife agencies, and wind industry leaders. Its purpose is to help lay the scientific groundwork and best practices for wind farm siting and operations, through targeted initiatives: wind-wildlife research, landscape assessment, mitigation, and education.
Until recently, no one had observed impacts on bat communities from wind power installations. Now industry and wildlife organizations are collaborating to study and understand how bats interact with wind turbines. The issue is becoming a focus of the wind farm permitting process in areas where bats are known to exist. The Bats and Wind Energy Cooperative provides information on bat interactions and wind turbines.
This page lists information resources about siting wind turbines.