Planning for Wind Energy (PAS 566)

By Suzanne Rynne, AICP, Larry Flowers, Eric Lantz, Erica Heller, AICP

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Communities across the country want to take advantage of wind energy. But how?

Planning for Wind Energy gives communities the tools to get started. 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 alr...

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Nov. 1, 2011
APA Planning Advisory Service

About the Authors

Suzanne Rynne

Larry Flowers

Eric Lantz

Erica Heller
Erica Heller, AICP is vice president with P.U.M.A., provides expertise in strategic planning, urban renewal and revitalization, market-based planning, neighborhood involvement, healthy food financing, sustainability, alternative energy, and tailored district development standards. Erica has nearly twenty years of experience in economic development and planning. Prior to joining P.U.M.A., she worked for Clarion Associates, a planning and zoning consulting firm, assisting communities to craft land use policies, plans and regulations. Erica has published and spoken on numerous topics including neighborhood involvement strategies, market-based planning, and development regulations for alternative energy. She recently served two elected terms as a Board member of the Colorado Chapter of APA. She holds a master's degree in public policy from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a bachelor's degree in political science from Yale University.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
The Benefits of Wind
The Role of Planning
State Policy and Goals
The Future of Wind Energy and the Need for Stronger Local Policy

Chapter 2: Industry Overview
Distributed (Small) Wind
Midsized Wind Turbines
Utility-Scale Turbines
Community Wind
Utility-Scale Wind Project Costs and Economics

Chapter 3: Addressing Concerns
Environmental and Ecological Concerns
Quality of Life Concerns

Chapter 4: Regulatory Environment
State and Local Government Authority over Wind Facility Siting
Transmission and Interconnection

Chapter 5: Considering Wind Energy in the Planning Process
Strategic Points of Intervention

Chapter 6: Regulating Small-Scale Wind Energy Systems at the Local Level
Checklist for Ordinances
Permit Processing
Elements of a Small Wind Energy Ordinance

Chapter 7: Permitting Utility-Scale Wind Energy Systems at the Local Level
Checklist for Ordinances
Permit Processing
Elements of a Utility-Scale Wind Project Permitting Process
Land Agreements
Bonds and Guarantees
The Process of Developing a Wind Energy Project

Chapter 8: Lessons Learned

Appendix: Results of the American Planning Association Survey of Current Practice, Challenges, and Resource Needs

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