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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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7/31/2012 Publication
U.S. Renewable Energy Technical Potentials: A GIS-Based Analysis
8/28/2012 News
Mapping Tool Helps Wind Energy Companies Screen Early for Critical Habitat, Potential Wildlife Impacts
11/17/2014 News
Small Wind
Technical Assistance Available for Community Wind Projects in the Pacific Northwest
10/30/2014 Publication
Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study
3/12/2015 News
Econ. Dev.
A Future for Wind Energy: Energy Department Releases Highly Anticipated Wind Vision Report
4/15/2015 Publication
Wind Resource Maps Postcard
1/1/2015 Publication
The Islands Playbook
5/1/2015 Publication
Nearshore Wind in the U.S. Southeast: A Technically and Economically Viable Solution for Complying with the EPA's Clean Power Plan
10/22/2015 Publication
Plains and Eastern Clean Line Transmission Project Environmental Impact Statement
8/5/2015 Publication
Wildlife and Environmental Impacts of Wind Projects: Myths and Facts
8/5/2015 Publication
Health Impacts of Wind Projects: Myths and Facts
8/5/2015 Publication
Grid and Military Impacts of Wind Projects: Myths and Facts
7/19/2016 News
Global Partners Launch Joint Industry Project to Develop Offshore Wind Turbine Recommended Practice

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.