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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Best Practices for Sustainable Wind Energy Development in the Great Lakes Region: Online Toolkit

Title:
Best Practices for Sustainable Wind Energy Development in the Great Lakes Region: Online Toolkit

Abstract:
Wind energy offers the opportunity to generate electricity in a way that has environmental and economic advantages over conventional power generation sources. These include providing local and regional jobs and revenue, increased energy independence, price stability, potential cost savings, as well as significant water use savings and reductions in air pollution emissions. The opportunity to reap these benefits in the Great Lakes region is particularly good due to the region's outstanding wind resources, both on land and over the Great Lakes. For these reasons, wind is also likely to continue to play a leading role in achieving state and provincial renewable energy goals. However, wind energy, like all energy development, has impacts. The challenge is to understand those impacts and make decisions with the best information available to maximize the positive impacts while minimizing the negative ones. The best practices described in this document are intended to give policymakers, regulators, developers and community leaders useful tools and critical information they need to make well-informed decisions about wind energy development.

URL:
http://www.glc.org/energy/wind/bestpractices.html

Source:
Great Lakes Wind Collaborative

Resource Type:
Article/report

Date of Publication:
July 19, 2011

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