EISPC EZ Mapping Tool

The EISPC Energy Zones Mapping tool is a free online mapping tool to identify potential clean energy resource areas within the Eastern Transmission Interconnection. https://eispctools.anl.gov/

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Tethys: A robust source of information on marine energy, offshore wind projects

Tethys, a project of the DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, offers a virtual gathering spot for those interested in environmental effects of offshore renewable energy. The Tethys online map viewer compiles documents, U.S. permitting sites, and international Annex IV project sites and research studies that are associated with a geographic location (but not all Tethys content is geotagged).

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Wind Turbines and Human Health

This review provides “a bibliographic-like summary and analysis of the science around” the association between wind turbines and health effects.  The review encompasses the roughly 60 scientific peer-reviewed articles on this issue at the time of publication.  The authors conclude that “the available scientific evidence suggests that [electromagnetic fields], shadow flicker, low-frequency noise, and infrasound…

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Wind Turbine-Related Noise: Current Knowledge and Research Needs

In order to assess the potential impacts of sound produced by wind turbines, this report analyzes over 40 documents which studied the effects of sound and noise on humans.  The report specifically distinguishes between “direct symptoms” (e.g. sleep disturbance and annoyance) and “indirect symptoms” (e.g. effects on immune system function) in local residents.  The authors…

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Right Whales and Offshore Wind: A Case Study Collaboration

Right Whales and Offshore Wind: A Case Study for Collaboration from Clean Energy Group on Vimeo. CESA’s Offshore Wind Accelerator Project (OWAP) and the National Wildlife Federation hosted a webinar on March 1, 2013 that examined the scientific underpinnings of North Atlantic right whale conservation; identified how this challenge might impact offshore wind development; and…

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Wind Turbine-Related Noise in Western New York

The goal of this study is to better understand the “potential noise issues related to wind turbine operation in New York State.”  The study exclusively examined a 126 MW wind park located in Wethersfield, New York.  The authors conclude, among their key findings, (1) that it appears that “an individual’s level of satisfaction with their…

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines

“These voluntary Guidelines provide a structured, scientific process for addressing wildlife conservation concerns at all stages of land-based wind energy development.”  Specifically, “the Guidelines assist developers in identifying species of concern that may potentially be affected by their proposed project, including migratory birds; bats; bald and golden eagles and other birds of prey; prairie and…

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