Presentation Description: While many communities embrace the benefits of wind energy development, others are more cautious about the positive and negative impacts attributed to this energy resource. Since 2017, more than 30 U.S. communities have instituted wind energy moratoriums. Additionally, multiple projects were abandoned prior to construction due to local impact concerns and related litigations. These actions delay projects, increase wind energy development cost, and reduce market availability. The continued apprehension surrounding wind power development highlights the need for informational resources that effectively communicate fact-based wind energy information to community leaders who desire to make informed development decisions. The County Siting Guide is a web-based resource that provides community decision-makers and members with foundational information about land-based wind energy and an in-depth discussion of twelve siting elements that can be used when making long-term choices and establishing local wind energy regulations that shape a community. This guide focuses on land-based wind energy from the community lens by examining siting related impacts and mitigation strategies communities should understand when making wind energy decisions. Informed by the review and classification of over 150 factors in more than 120 ordinances, this guide offers a consolidated and easy to understand resource for communities and other stakeholders.
Upon completion, participant will be able to access and reference a consolidated, easy to understand, science-based resource defining and discussing the considerations, expectations, best practices, and mitigation strategies for common siting concerns.
Upon completion, participant will be able to navigate and locate information in the guide, enabling attendees to easily identify relevant sections for sharing this resource with community decision-makers and members.
Upon completion, participant will be able to learn about the spectrum of experience and approaches to local wind energy regulations for twelve siting elements.