Planning for Wind Energy

APA partnered with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Clarion Associates, and the American Wind Energy Association to produce Planning for Wind Energy with funding from the Department of Energy.

The report was developed under the auspices of the Green Communities Research Center, one of APA's National Centers for Planning. It supports the aim of "20% Wind by 2030" by providing planners with the tools and strategies they need to help plan for, open, and responsibly develop wind energy markets.

This report is intended to help community planners effect policy and regulatory change, build stakeholder support, and provide key technical information to public officials.

Planning for Wind Energy coverPlanning for Wind Energy (PAS 566)

Recognizing the environmental and economic benefits of clean, domestic energy production, communities across the country want to take advantage of wind energy.

This new report gives planners the tools they need to help strengthen local wind energy policies.

It describes the benefits, debunks the myths, and provides point-by-point checklists for incorporating wind energy into planning and zoning.

Real-world case studies share success stories and lessons learned from communities where wind energy is already at work.


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Survey Report

As part of the first phase of this project, APA developed a survey to assess the current state of wind energy planning in communities across the country, discover what challenges planners are facing in planning for regulating and implementing wind energy facilities, and ask what information or resources would be most helpful to them in planning for wind energy.

Read the full report results

Resources List

APA has compiled a list of resources on aspects of wind energy implementation, from toolkits and guidelines to impacts and ordinances.

Get the Wind Energy Implementation resources