Agricultural Protection

Wind energy projects are often constructed on active agricultural lands. To ensure non-agricultural uses are compatible with farming operations, some states have developed applicable regulatory programs and mitigation policies. For example, in New York State, the Agriculture and Markets Law prevents unreasonable restrictions by local government rules on land use within agricultural districts unless it can be demonstrated that public health or safety is threatened.

Mars Hill Wind Farm in Aroostook County, Maine. Photo courtesy of UPC Wind.
Renewable Energy 101

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from sunlight, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wind. These sources are naturally and constantly replenished, which is why they are deemed as renewable. The usage of renewable energy sources is very important when considering the sustainability of the existing energy usage of the world. While there is currently an abundance of non-renewable energy sources, such as nuclear fuels, these energy sources are depleting. In addition to being a non-renewable supply, the non-renewable energy sources release emissions into the air, which has an adverse effect on the environment.

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