May 14, 2009

DOE Funds APA Wind Energy Research

American Planning Association Selected for Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy

CHICAGO — The American Planning Association (APA) has been selected to receive a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for conducting a wind energy research project. APA's research will assist communities with implementing renewable energy resources and as a nation, move closer to reaching the Department of Energy's goal of 20 percent Wind Energy by 2030.

APA is a research and membership organization that advocates for good planning practices in communities throughout the country. The organization represents more than 44,000 members including practicing planners, elected and appointed officials, and concerned citizens committed to creating communities of lasting value.

The grant will help fund APA's new research project, Community Planning Strategies for Successful Wind Energy Implementation. The projectwill educate and empower urban, suburban, and rural planners regarding successful strategies and tools for implementation of wind power development at the local level. One of the key deliverables from the research work will be a guidebook on wind energy for planners.

The guidebook is anticipated to:

  • Provide outreach strategies and best practices for working with wind energy developers, elected officials, and stakeholders;
  • Present siting guidelines and procedures;
  • Provide examples of how to address wind energy development in local plans and ordinances.

Learn more about the Community Planning Strategies for Successful Wind Energy Implementation project.

APA along with project partners, Clarion Associates, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the American Wind Energy Association, will begin work on the research project this fall. The guidebook will be completed in early 2011.

"Planners play an important role in guiding our communities to a more sustainable future," said Suzanne Rynne, AICP, manager of the Green Communities Research Center at APA. "We are pleased that the U.S. Department of Energy has recognized the importance of planning with this grant."

The research project will be conducted under the auspices of APA's Green Communities Research Center, one of APA's National Centers for Planning. The center engages in research, policy, outreach and education that advance green communities through planning.

Read the U.S. Department of Energy's press release:


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