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Local Planning for Wind Power: Using Programmatic Environmental Impact Review to Facilitate Development


Andrew B Wilson


Albany Law School

Keith H. Hirokawa


Albany Law School

2010

Zoning and Planning Law Report, Vol. 33, No. 1, p. 1 (2010)
Albany Law School Research Paper No. 45

Abstract:     
Permitting agencies of wind power projects faces a dilemma: on the one hand, the importance of seeking energy independence and clean energy compels decision-makers to minimize the costs of providing the benefits of wind power; on the other hand, decision-makers are bound to insure that the permitting process exhibits the informational purposes secured by environmental impact review. This brief article proposes the use of planning-based, programmatic environmental impact review as a tool that can be used by local governments to encourage wind energy development. After a brief discussion of the impacts of wind energy and the environmental impact review process, this article discusses the experiences and efforts of two agencies - the Bureau of Land Management and Klickitat County, Washington - that have prepared programmatic environmental impact statements (PElS) to facilitate wind energy development. Finally, this article discusses the potential benefits of wind planning in the programmatic process.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 11

Keywords: wind power, clean energy, PEIS, environment

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Date posted: March 29, 2010 ; Last revised: April 17, 2014

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Wilson, Andrew B and Hirokawa, Keith H., Local Planning for Wind Power: Using Programmatic Environmental Impact Review to Facilitate Development (2010). Zoning and Planning Law Report, Vol. 33, No. 1, p. 1 (2010) ; Albany Law School Research Paper No. 45. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1577857

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Andrew B Wilson
Albany Law School ( email )
80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
United States
Keith H. Hirokawa (Contact Author)
Albany Law School ( email )
80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
United States

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