Land-Use Requirements of Modern Wind Power Plants in the United States

This report “provide[s] data and analysis of the land use associated with modern, large wind power plants (defined as greater than 20 megawatts (MW) and constructed after 2000).”  The report “evaluated 172 existing or proposed projects [throughout the United States], which represents more than 26 GW of capacity.”  The authors distinguish between “two major ‘classes’ of wind plant land use: 1) direct impact (i.e., disturbed land due to physical infrastructure development), and 2) total area (i.e., land associated with the complete wind plant project).”  The authors conclude that “direct impact is mostly caused by road development, as opposed to the turbine pads and electrical support equipment.”  In addition, the authors found that “total land-area metrics for wind projects are not consistently defined and provide information for different purposes.” (authored by Denholm, P.; Hand, M.; Jackson, M.; and Ong, S.) Read the full report here.

Wind Type: Land Based Wind
Author: National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: August 1, 2009
Topic: Environmental Impact
Resource Type: Report
File Type: Link
Geographic Focus: National
Keywords: Natural Resources During Construction
Prepared For: National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Funding Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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