Environmental Impacts of Wind-Energy Projects by National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life

By National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, Committee on Environmental Impacts of Wind-Energy Projects

The iteration of electrical energy via wind power has the aptitude to minimize environmental affects because of using fossil fuels. even if using wind strength to generate electrical energy is expanding swiftly within the usa, govt assistance to assist groups and builders review and plan proposed wind-energy initiatives is missing. Environmental affects of Wind-Energy Projects deals an research of the environmental advantages and downsides of wind strength, in addition to an review advisor to help decision-making approximately tasks. It features a case learn of the mid-Atlantic highlands, a mountainous quarter that spans components of West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. This ebook will tell coverage makers on the federal, country, and native levels.

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Conclusion • Choosing the level of regulatory authority for reviewing wind-energy proposals carries corresponding implications for how the following issues are addressed: (1) cumulative effects of wind-energy development; (2) balancing negative and positive environmental and socioeconomic impacts of wind energy; and (3) incorporating public opinions into the review process. Recommendation • In choosing the levels of regulatory review of wind-energy projects, agencies should review the implication of those choices for all three issues listed above.

Identify and characterize the set of receptors to be assessed. 27 INTRODUCTION • Determine the magnitude of effects on the receptors and whether those effects are accumulating. These criteria cannot always be applied because of data limitations. Also, the effects of individual actions range from brief or local to widespread, persistent, and sometimes irreversible. To conduct an analysis of how effects accumulate, one must understand what would occur in the absence of a given activity. The accumulated effects are the difference between that probable history and the actual history.

Recommendation • In choosing the levels of regulatory review of wind-energy projects, agencies should review the implication of those choices for all three issues listed above. Decisions about the level of regulatory review should include procedures for ameliorating the disadvantages of a particular choice (for example, enhancing opportunities for local participation in state-level reviews). Conclusion • Well-specified, formal procedures for regulatory review enhance predictability, consistency, and accountability for all parties to wind-energy development.

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