When we work to guide renewable energy development to the most appropriate places, we can avoid damaging sensitive wildlands and wildlife habitat.
Wind projects must be guided to the most appropriate places to protect wildlife, wildlands, recreation and cultural lands.
By harnessing the wind to create electricity, wind power has the potential to help transition us away from fossil fuels and combat the effects of climate change.
Guiding development to the right places and away from sensitive lands is crucial for establishing a sustainable clean energy future.
Finding a smart approach to wind development on public lands
Wind energy projects have been approved by the Bureau of Land Management in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming.
As the demand for renewable energy continues to grow in the United States, federal agencies anticipate a continued interest in the use of public lands for development.
Large scale wind projects can have serious impacts on the land, however, so it is important they be built in the right places and the right ways. For example, wind development in migration corridors can be deadly for birds and bats, and roads and turbine footprints needed for construction and maintenance of wind turbines can affect wildlands and wildlife habitat.
This video explains how a wind farm is built. It takes around 3 weeks to install a turbine. A wind turbine with 30 years working life will return its investment within 3 to 4 years.Posted by Engineering World on Tuesday, May 5, 2015