A Visual Impact Assessment Process for Wind Energy Projects

The purpose of this guide is to facilitate the adoption and use of effective state and local policies, practices, and methodologies to evaluate the visual impacts associated with wind development projects. Visual impacts are often among the issues of greatest concern for surrounding property owners and the community. Public acceptance and confidence in wind development…

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Wind Energy and Vermont’s Scenic Landscape

This paper summarizes the viewpoints of various stakeholders (e.g. developers; town, regional, and state planners; and regulators) in “the siting and design of wind energy projects in Vermont.”  The key issue the participants discussed was “where should wind turbines be sited in the [Vermont] landscape in order to optimize power production and minimize visual impacts”? …

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