Other Environmental Issues of Wind Energy Development: Aesthetics, Cultural Resources, Land Use Compatibility, Water Resources, and Site Restoration

Book Chapter

Title: Other Environmental Issues of Wind Energy Development: Aesthetics, Cultural Resources, Land Use Compatibility, Water Resources, and Site Restoration
Authors: Walker, R.; Swift, A.
Publication Date:
May 01, 2015
Book Title: Wind Energy Essentials: Societal, Economic, and Environmental Impacts
Published City: Hoboken, New Jersey
Chapter: 11
Pages: 194-217
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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Citation

Walker, R.; Swift, A. (2015). Other Environmental Issues of Wind Energy Development: Aesthetics, Cultural Resources, Land Use Compatibility, Water Resources, and Site Restoration. Wind Energy Essentials: Societal, Economic, and Environmental Impacts (pp. 194-217). Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Abstract: 

Landscape architects may be interested in the use of turbines for landscaping, with small vertical‐axis turbines in particular being designed for use on buildings or in homeowners' backyards. Some of the ways that developers of wind energy projects can reduce the likelihood of controversy and opposition to the project based on aesthetic concerns is by avoiding siting projects near well‐known scenic or cultural resources. Desktop and in‐the‐field archeological surveys should be performed by qualified experts for all areas within the proposed wind project where construction activities may disturb the land including turbine locations. The needs or uses for water by wind energy projects is very small compared with traditional sources of electric generation. The current developers of wind projects have the financial backing and mechanisms to ensure that wind project facilities will be removed following the end of a project's life.

 

This is a book chapter in Wind Energy Essentials: Societal, Economic, and Environmental Impacts.

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