Study Finds No Impact of Wind Projects on Property Values

December 3, 2009 - 3:20pm -- Anonymous

A new study answers a long-nagging question of whether property values will decline due to nearby wind energy development. The answer is no, according to a report released by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy: "The Impact of Wind Power Projects on Residential Property Values in the United States: A Multi-Site Hedonic Analysis."

Wind Energy Facility Permitting and Siting Webinar

Minnesota–North Dakota–South Dakota Network Webinar Series

Part 2: Wind Energy Facility Permitting and Siting

This webinar was recorded on June 26, 2009.

  • What permits are necessary?
  • Who issues permits for wind energy projects?
  • How are wind energy projects sited?
  • What is the process to get a permit?


Minnesota: Deborah Pile, MN Department of Commerce
North Dakota: Jerry Lein, ND Public Service Commission
South Dakota: Tim Binder, SD Public Utilities Commissiom

An Overview of Existing Wind Energy Ordinances

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has issued a report that provides an overview of existing wind energy ordinances across the country. The increase in wind energy development also creates a new responsibility on the part of local governments to ensure that ordinances will be established to aid development of safe facilities that are embraced by the community.

The purpose of the report is to educate and engage state and local governments, as well as policy makers about existing large wind energy ordinances.

Click here to download the PDF version of the file (1.2MB)

Wind Energy Institute


February 19-20; Austin Convention Center; Austin, TX

Join energy attorneys, developers, renewable energy experts, county officials, landowners, and regulators at the 2008 Wind Energy Institute. A nationally-recognized faculty—drawn from attorneys, developers, engineers, and key Texas policymakers—will provide you with the latest technological, business, and legal information regarding wind development. Topics include: power markets and nodal pricing; Certified Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ); siting, environmental, and leasing issues; and more.

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Community Wind Energy 2006: Home and Farm Wind Turbines - Addressing Barriers - Siting, Permitting, Zoning and Interconnection

This session focused on providing practical information and advice on addressing barriers to home and farm wind projects. Topics include: when and how to approach local boards and state agencies to secure permits, how to build support for your installation, and tips on working with your installer and utility to interconnect your wind system.

Moderator:  Brian Antonich, Small Wind Program Analyst, Windustry


Listen to audio from this session:

Part A

Part B

Click here to download a summary of these presentations. 


Chapter 6: Permitting Basics

If you have a good wind resource and land that is well-suited for wind turbines, you still must consider how your community views and regulates wind power. Communities around the country are working to find the best ways to permit and tax wind generation facilities. Their decisions are vital to windy areas because they determine the impacts and benefits of wind energy projects for the broader community. Some states, like Minnesota, have developed statewide policies but still involve local agencies in the process, while most states leave it to the counties or other local permitting agencies to create regulations and issue permits.

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