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Wind energy, Renewable energies, Eastern Colorado, Siting process
Wind energy is one of the fastest growing renewable energies around the world. The United States contains approximately 49,000 active wind turbines and Colorado accounts for less than 3 percent of that number, even though Colorado ranks 11th in the nation for wind development potential. The siting process for wind development is lengthy, taking from 5 to 10 years, and many facilities that are proposed end up not being built due to complications from inadequate pre-siting techniques. The research in this report aims to identify high priority areas in eastern Colorado through the examination of key variables used in the siting process, while also providing context for land owners positioned close to potential wind development on multiuse scenarios, visual blights, and monetary incentives.
Ancona, Zach, "Powering the Future: Siting Guidelines for Renewable Wind Energy Development in Eastern Colorado" (2014). Geography and the Environment: Graduate Student Capstones. 49.