By Robert Pore, Grand Island Independent
The Nature Conservancy has released a first-of-its-kind analysis identifying the most promising places in the Central United States to develop wind energy that avoid conflicts with people and wildlife. The associated mapping tool, called Site Wind Right, is available for power purchasers, utilities, companies, agencies and municipalities in Nebraska to help build new wind projects faster, with lower costs. According to the analysis, in Nebraska, Site Wind Right mapping revealed 2.3 million acres available for wind development, away from important habitat for wildlife such as greater prairie-chicken and whooping crane. Continue reading here.
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New “Site Wind Right” Energy Map Released for Central U.S., The Nature Conservancy News Release. The Central U.S. is known as the “wind-belt,” where nearly 80% of the country’s current and planned wind energy capacity exists. Conservancy scientists evaluated more than one hundred sources of data on wind, land use, and wildlife across these 17 states to detect places where conflicts between wind energy and wildlife are likely to be minimal. The results were both enlightening and encouraging.
Power in the Heartland, The Nature Conservancy
We have more than enough degraded land in the region to meet the nation’s renewable energy goals. One source of information for power purchasers and wind developers is TNC’s Site Wind Right map, which uses the best available science to identify areas of relatively low conservation value that are suitable for wind development. “Site Wind Right is an approach that allows purchasers or developers of wind power to find where they can go to avoid impacts to natural systems and wildlife,” said Brian Obermeyer, who directs TNC’s work in Kansas’ Flint Hills.
TNC’S GOAL TO INSTALL SOLAR ON RETIRED COAL MINELANDS
Previously Posted: Conservation group plots solar potential for retired Appalachian coal mine land, Energy News Network. The Nature Conservancy is seeking a partner to help develop solar on up to 13,000 acres of cleared minelands.