A resource for Missourians
The wind energy market is one of the fastest growing sources of renewable energy in the United States. However, because of this fast growth, the comprehensive impact of wind turbine development on rural communities is complex and unmapped.
In response to concerns raised by Missourians about local wind energy development, the University of Missouri has developed a basic resource to help communities evaluate and prepare for wind energy development proposals.
In partnership with MU Extension, students, faculty and leaders from eight schools and departments across campus have developed a basic guide of best practices that communities, governmental entities and individuals can use to weigh local wind energy development options, including:
- Key decision point considerations
- A community engagement checklist
In addition to publicly available resources below, the guide, a decision-making framework and handout are available.
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This link on the website of U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy provides information on the financial incentives associated with wind energy, the costs of producing wind energy and additional links to ...
This study analyzes pro-wind, “anti-environmental” discourses prevalent among key stakeholders in Nolan County, Texas, the epicenter of US wind power. The paper describes Texas wind stakeholders’ views on energy and the environment and reveals ...
The author analyzes zoning regulations in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Nebraska at the local, state, and federal level.
This paper discusses multiple questions from community members and local government officials dealing with the aesthetics of wind turbines. These impacts are broken down into: visual impacts, shadow flicker, property values, sound and human health.
To further the understanding of wind farm development in the rural Midwest, a team investigated three counties in Indiana with varying levels of wind farm development. Explore how wind energy impacted these communities and the reasons for support and ...