New York State Wind Energy Guidebook
The Wind Energy Guidebook contains information and resources to support local governments managing wind energy development in their communities. The Guidebook’s chapters address important aspects of wind energy project siting, including environmental considerations, community impacts, permitting information, and other key topics.
You can download the full Wind Guidebook [PDF] or access individual chapters below.
Wind Energy and Your Community: Frequently Asked Questions
Explanation of wind energy basics as it relates to important topics for local officials. Topics covered include local officials’ role in planning and permitting, environmental impacts, health impacts, noise, shadow flicker, roads, property value, and visual impact and safety concerns.
Understanding Wind Energy
Introduction to the basic technology, equipment, and terminology used in wind projects.
Wind Energy Site Selection
Introduction and discussion of key considerations for identifying optimal sites for wind energy development.
Exploration of common land agreements for wind energy projects.
Local Role in Planning and Permitting
Introduction to the State-level siting processes for major wind energy facilities, as well as the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR).
Birds and Bats: Impacts and Regulation
Review of the Federal and State requirements protecting ecological resources.
Planning for potential construction and operations impacts of wind projects.
Economic Impacts of Wind Development
Exploration of the economic impacts of wind energy projects, including local economic activity, land revenue, property taxes, and property values.
Public Safety and Setbacks
Introduction and discussion of key public safety considerations associated with wind energy projects.