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 are likely to be enhanced when visual issues are clearly and fairly addressed. The guide provides an effective and objective aesthetic impact assessment review methodology that provides clear guidance for developers, planners, and regulatory decision makers and also ensures the protection of important scenic and cultural resources. This guide was made possible with funding from the Department of Energy’s Wind Powering America Program. (Authored by Vissering, J.; Sinclair, M.; and Margolis, A.) Read the full guide here.

Wind Type: Land Based Wind, Offshore Wind
Author: Clean Energy Group/Clean Energy States Alliance, Jean Vissering Landscape Architecture
Publication Date: May 1, 2011
Topic: Environmental Impact, Policy and Regulation, Siting and Technology
Resource Type: Guidelines and Best Practices, Report
File Type: PDF
Geographic Focus: National
Keywords: Aesthetic, Community, Landscape, Property Owners, Scenic, Tourism or Recreational Impacts, View, Visual
Prepared For: Clean Energy Group/Clean Energy States Alliance
Funding Source: U.S. Department of Energy

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