Community Wind Project Development – Advisor: Tanya Heikkila
This group worked with the Clean Energy Group, a non-profit organization, to research the benefits and challenges of community wind projects. The students compared the profiles of states belonging to the Clean Energy States Alliance to those who did not, identified obstacles and solutions to developing community wind projects, and determined the best policies and practices for implementation. Obstacles included concerns about birds, the “Not in My Backyard” syndrome, costs of a feasibility study, access to financing, zoning regulations, and procuring turbines.
The team concluded that specific community wind policies and incentives are needed and that member funds can offer capacity building support. The group also encouraged greater information sharing.
see workshop presentation [flashpaper]