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Resource Documents: Siting (104 items)


Unless indicated otherwise, documents presented here are not the product of nor are they necessarily endorsed by National Wind Watch. These resource documents are shared here to assist anyone wishing to research the issue of industrial wind power and the impacts of its development. The information should be evaluated by each reader to come to their own conclusions about the many areas of debate. • The copyrights reside with the sources indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations.

Date added:  May 10, 2024
Economics, Siting, Technology, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Seasonal variability of wake impacts on US mid-Atlantic offshore wind plant power production

Author:  Rosencrans, David; et al.

Abstract. Wind turbines and wind plants create wakes, or regions of reduced wind speed, that may negatively affect downwind turbines and plants. We evaluate wake variability and annual energy production with the first yearlong modeling assessment using the Weather Research and Forecasting model, deploying 12 MW turbines across the domain at a density of 3.14 MW km−2, matching the planned density of 3 MW km−2. Using a series of simulations with no wind plants, one wind plant, and complete build-out of lease areas, we calculate . . .

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Date added:  December 2, 2023
California, Germany, Israel, Regulations, Siting, WildlifePrint storyE-mail story

Noise pollution from wind turbines and its effects on wildlife: A cross-national analysis of current policies and planning regulations

Author:  Teff-Seker, Yael; et al.

Highlights Wind turbine noise (WTN) can have a detrimental effect on nearby wildlife. WTN can harm vital survival, social, and rearing mechanisms in certain species. Planning guidelines in the US, Germany and Israel do not address these adverse effects. Micro-placement, zoning, and impact assessments can aid in WTN impact mitigation. More research is needed on WTN effects on wildlife to create appropriate regulations. Abstract The quest for cleaner energy has caused governments to expand renewable energy infrastructure, including wind turbine . . .

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Date added:  January 12, 2023
Iowa, Regulations, SitingPrint storyE-mail story

Act relating to the siting and operation of certain wind energy conversion facilities

Author:  Iowa State Senate

3. a. A wind energy conversion facility shall be sited at the following distances: (1) No less than two and one-half times the total height of a wind turbine to be constructed on a proposed facility or five thousand feet, whichever is greater, from any existing abutting dwelling or nonparticipating property. (2) No less than one and one-tenth times the total height of a wind turbine to be constructed on a proposed facility or five hundred feet, whichever is greater, . . .

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Date added:  March 2, 2021
Iowa, Siting, TechnologyPrint storyE-mail story

Some project specs in Iowa: area, infrastructure, foundations

Author:  RPM Access

Project Name Top of Iowa Wind Farm Developer Midwest Renewable Energy Corporation and Zilkha Renewable Energy Owner Entergy Corporation and Shell Wind Corporation Contructor M.A. Mortenson Project Size 81 MW Location Approx 3 miles east of Town of Joice, Worth County, Iowa Site Area Approx 5,900 acres of cropland consisting of 49 separate parcels of land [73 acres/MW] Generating Equipment 89 NEG Micon 900 kW turbines on 237 foot tall tubular towers Balance of Plant Facilities 21.8 miles of underground electric and . . .

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