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

Zoning and Planning Law Report, Vol. 33, No. 1, p. 1 (2010)

Albany Law School Research Paper No. 45

11 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2010 Last revised: 17 Apr 2014

Andrew B Wilson

Albany Law School

Keith H. Hirokawa

Albany Law School

Date Written: 2010

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.

Keywords: wind power, clean energy, PEIS, environment

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1577857

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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