The Northeast Wind Resource Center's Role in Supporting Effective Wind-Siting Decisions
The goal of the NWRC is to act as a provider and central repository of accurate, high quality information in order to assist decision-makers and other stakeholders as they consider wind policies and projects. The NWRC’s goal is to provide credible, legitimate, and salient information, targeted outreach, and direct engagement with stakeholders and decision-makers about land-based wind energy deployment in the Northeast.
Effective decision-making requires information that is scientifically legitimate, credible, widely accepted, directly salient, and available early in the process. The NWRC will assist decision-makers and communities engaged in decisions about wind siting policies or projects, and engage and inform press in order to support constructive dialogue. We will measure our success according to whether projects that are deemed appropriately sited by due process are well received, and inappropriate sites are flagged before developers have invested large sums in their development.
The objectives of the NWRC include:
- Addressing the need for interstate cooperation and coordination;
- Identifying and prioritizing concerns and information needs related to siting, benefits and impacts of wind technologies;
- Sharing of scientifically legitimate and widely accepted information on wind turbine siting, benefits and impacts;
- Providing information to decision-makers, concerned citizens and the media; and
- Helping decision-makers to be effectively prepared for robust decisions, concerned citizens to feel more confident about decisions, and developers to find out sooner whether or not their project will be viable.
To accomplish these goals, the NWRC will:
- Engage an active, broad-based partner network that facilitates constructive stakeholder engagement.
- Provide the broader stakeholder community with access to credible information, studies, best practices, tools, and technical analyses concerning the impacts and benefits of wind energy; and
- Implement a targeted, efficient system of delivering and exchanging information on priority issues to state, county, and local decision-makers, their constituents, and the media.
The NWRC will utilize prior expertise, input, and learning developed through the New England Wind Energy Forum and New England Wind Energy Education Project.