Commonwealth Wind Program Manual for Community and Commercial Wind Projects

“The goals of the Commonwealth Wind Incentive Program (‘Commonwealth Wind’) are to 1) guide and support wind project proponents through the detailed analysis and community engagement necessary to evaluate proposed projects and 2) support the development of projects that, through the results of this process, demonstrate appropriate siting.  Commonwealth Wind provides rebate and grant funding…

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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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Land-based Wind Energy: A Guide to Understanding the Issues and Making Informed Decisions

This guide “is intended as a tool for decision makers and community members to enhance their understanding of the questions surrounding wind development and to provide resources on how communities can collaboratively evaluate the potential for utility-scale, land-based wind energy.”  In particular, this document includes (1) “guidelines for how to assess the quality of information…

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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 Resource Assessment Handbook

“The development of modern utility-scale wind farms often requires that the developer conduct a wind resource assessment campaign prior to construction.  The information that is collected during this measurement program is utilized to estimate the potential energy production from a proposed wind farm project, thereby providing information to help determine the economic viability of installing…

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Connecticut Siting Council Application Guide for a Renewable Energy Facility

“This application guide is designed to assist applicants in filing for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need…from the Connecticut Siting Council…for the construction of a renewable energy facility under Connecticut General Statutes § 16-50i (a) (3).  A ‘renewable energy facility’ is any electric generating or storage facility using renewable energy sources, including, but…

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Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee Recommendations

“The Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee (Committee) was established in 2007 under the Federal Advisory Committee Act to provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior…on developing effective measures to avoid or minimize impacts to wildlife and their habitats related to land‐based wind energy projects. The [U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service] chairs the…

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Guidelines for Conducting Bird and Bat Studies at Commercial Wind Energy Projects

“These guidelines set forth [the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s] recommendations to commercial wind energy developers as to how to characterize bird and bat resources at on-shore wind energy sites, and how to estimate and document impacts resulting from the construction and operation of wind energy projects.”  The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)…

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