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Resources for Siting Wind Turbines

This page lists information resources such as publications, websites, and news for siting wind turbines.

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Date State Type of Information Program Area Title
1/3/2012 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
Siting
Keys to Local Wind Energy Development Success
1/31/2012 News
Publication
Siting
Independent Expert Science Panel Releases Report on Potential Health Effects of Wind Turbines
8/5/2015 Publication
Siting
Health Impacts of Wind Projects: Myths and Facts
8/5/2015 Publication
Siting
Grid and Military Impacts of Wind Projects: Myths and Facts
5/24/2011 MI News
Publication
Policy
Siting
Grand Valley State University Publishes Offshore Wind Social Issues Brief
6/20/2011 News
Publication
Public Lands
Policy
Siting
Environmental Law Institute Publishes Two Wind Siting Studies
1/16/2012 News
Tool
Agricultural
Small Wind
Econ. Dev.
Siting
Distributed Wind Site Analysis Tool
4/30/2011 Publication
Siting
Consumer Attitudes about Renewable Energy: Trends and Regional Differences
6/30/2011 Publication
Siting
Comprehensive Guide to Studying Wind Energy/Wildlife Interactions
1/31/2013 Publication
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Policy
Siting
Community Wind Myths Fact Sheet
11/19/2009 PA Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Policy
Siting
Common Sense Ordinance Model a Key to Fostering Wind Energy Development
6/30/2009 NC Publication
Public Lands
Econ. Dev.
Policy
Siting
Coastal Wind Energy for North Carolina's Future: A Study of the Feasibility of Wind Turbines in the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds and in Ocean Waters Off the North Carolina Coast
4/28/2010 AR News
Schools
Small Wind
Siting
Arkansas Wind Working Group Launches Anemometer Loan Program, Trains University Students for Renewable Energy Workforce: A Wind Powering America Success Story
Web Resource
Siting
American Wind Wildlife Institute
7/17/2014 RI News
Siting
Acoustic Impacts of Wind Turbines: Final Report and Presentation Materials Available
3/12/2015 News
Econ. Dev.
Policy
Siting
A Future for Wind Energy: Energy Department Releases Highly Anticipated Wind Vision Report

Featured Resources and Tools

Wind Energy Decision Tree

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed new tools designed to test underutilized sites and contaminated land for solar and wind energy potential. The alternative energy "decision trees" leverage NREL's knowledge of renewable energy technologies and EPA's experience in returning contaminated lands to productive use. The Wind Energy Decision Tree is a useful tool not only for projects on contaminated lands but also for general siting. The tools and a podcast on the solar and wind decision trees are now available on EPA's website.

Wind Power Prospector

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Wind Power Prospector is a mapping and analysis tool designed to help developers site large-scale wind farms by providing easy access to wind resource datasets and other data relevant to siting wind power projects.