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Siting Wind Energy Facilities - What Do Local Elected Officials Need to Know?

Authors: 
James M. McElfish Jr. and Judith M. Amsalem
Date Released: 
February 2013
Siting Wind Energy Facilities - What Do Local Elected Officials Need to Know?

Siting Wind Energy Facilities – What Do Local Elected Officials Need to Know? is a brief guide to aid local officials in understanding commercial-scale wind siting. Local government officials presented with potential wind energy projects in their municipalities often find that clear and concise answers to their citizens ’ concerns can be difficult to locate. This publication seeks to give local elected officials, in a few paragraphs on each topic, a clear understanding of the information they need to sort fact from fiction and get a sense of how states and other municipalities have addressed key issues. Topics discussed include wind facility location, site safety and security, setbacks from property lines and buildings, shadow flicker, electromagnetic interference, decommissioning, and visual, sound, road and wildlife impacts.

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