sitingHistorically, NWCC provided a forum for the discussion of siting and permitting considerations associated with potential impacts to community and existing resources or infrastructure.


2009 State of the Art Siting Seminar
October 20-21, 2009 – Washington DC

Appalachian Wind Summit
September 23-24, 2009 – Roanoke, VA

Participants discussed common challenges and opportunities to support appropriate wind development in the Appalachian Mountains, including:

  • Best practice approaches to address the challenges and opportunities faced in the communities within the unique geography of Appalachia.
  • The development of utility scale and community wind, wind development on public lands, environmental and community obstacles, and educational programs.
  • Final Agenda
  • Presentations

Wind Power and Radar Interaction Issue Forum 
July 27, 2006 – Reno, NV

Wind Energy Contributions in a National Energy Strategy Issue Forum
May 18-19, 2006 – Washington DC

Technical Considerations in Siting Wind Developments: Research Meeting
December 1-2, 2005 – Washington DC

Air Quality and Wind Energy: Issues and Opportunities 
October 20, 2005 – Washington DC

Offshore Wind Development in the U.S.
July 1-2, 2003 – Washington DC

Offshore Wind Development for the Production of Electricity
September 25, 2002 – Washington DC

New England Wind Power Siting Workshop
October 24, 2001 – Boston, MA


State Siting Guidelines Fact Sheets

April 2006 (20 pp)

NWCC partnered with the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) to prepare this compilation of approaches that states, municipalities and other jurisdictions are taking on siting wind energy facilities. The fact sheets are intended as resource documents to highlight processes for siting wind energy facilities in several states.

NWCC Wind Energy Siting Case Studies
June 2005 (51 pp.)

NWCC Siting Workgroup studied nine communities’ reactions to local wind development projects, examining the changes in community perceptions before, during and after project construction, identifying circumstances that distinguish welcomed projects from projects that were not accepted by communities.

Permitting of Wind Energy Facilities: A Handbook
Second edition, August 2002 (58 pp)

Handbook written to assist stakeholders – including decision-makers and agency staff at all levels of government, wind developers, interested parties and the public – to be informed participants in the wind energy development decision-making process.

Meeting Proceedings

State of the Art in Wind Siting 
October 2009 (43 pp.)

The National Wind Coordinating Collaborative (NWCC) teamed with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to convene leading researchers, developers, policymakers and regulators in a discussion about the state-of-the-art in wind energy siting. Proceedings document includes summaries of presentations and dialogue on the topics of: visual impacts, acoustic considerations, radar interference, property values, and icing considerations.

Proceedings of Technical Considerations in Siting Wind Developments: Research Meeting
December 2005 (93 pp.)

Purpose of meeting was to examine what tools and techniques are available to developers, communities, and consultants to look at non-wildlife siting questions. Proceedings document includes summaries of presentations and dialogue on the topics of: visual impacts; lighting, FAA regulations, and air hazards; sound impacts; electromagnetic interference; and safety impacts.

Issue Forum Briefs

Wind Power and Radar Interaction
July 27, 2006 (Reno, NV)

NWCC convened experts to share their work on interactions between wind power and radar impacts in a number of regions in the U.S.

Wind Energy Contributions in a National Energy Strategy
May 18-19, 2006 (Washington, D.C.)

Representatives of a number of organizations involved in the energy sector convened to discuss the future of the nation’s energy supply and the role of wind power.

Air Quality and Wind Energy
October 20, 2005 (Washington, D.C.)

The NWCC hosted a forum to explore the relationship between wind energy and air quality, examining ways for wind power to help achieve air quality goals in Michigan and across the country.