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”?  Some of the main points expressed by participants were that “ridgelines will be the focus of wind development in Vermont” and “in assessing the appropriateness of a wind project, it is necessary to look at both the visual character of the project site, and of the viewpoints from which the project will be seen.”  The participants also noted that “when well designed and sited, public surveys show that most people find [wind sites] to be acceptable; visitors to wind sites often find them attractive and interesting.”  Read the entire paper here.

Wind Type: Land Based Wind
Author: Jean Vissering Landscape Architecture
Publication Date: August 1, 2002
Topic: Economic Impact and Financing
Resource Type: Report
File Type: Link
Geographic Focus: Vermont
Keywords: Tourism or Recreational Impacts
Prepared For: VT Public Service Department (PSD)
Peer Reviewed: No
Funding Source: VT Public Service Department (PSD)

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