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Wind energy is both clean and renewable and it helps offset two of the most damaging impacts of conventional electricity generation – air pollution and natural resource depletion. For example, a traditional fossil-fuel plant of the same scale as the recently completed Sheffield Wind project would burn 61,000 tons of coal or about 221,000 barrels of oil per year.
However, like any other form of development, construction of wind energy facilities does have impacts. As Vermont looks to expand its renewable energy production capabilities, this article will provide a developer’s perspective on steps to minimize habitat effects by illustrating the importance of considering habitat and wildlife impacts during every step of the development process – from initial planning to erecting turbines to constructing transmission lines.
In addition, for a project to be successful in both the short-term and long-term, it must represent a mutually beneficial partnership with the communities it is located in and with its key stakeholders. These economic benefits to communities include property tax arrangements, increased income from land leases with local landowners, and increased local business activity to support development, construction and operations.
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