Mitigation Local Economy

Socioeconomic impacts are difficult to assess, as they will vary by community and region. Therefore, the developer and local surrounding communities should work together and come to agreements on project specific mitigation for each proposed wind project. It is important that the nature and extent of socioeconomic

The developer and local surrounding communities should work together and come to agreements on project specific mitigation for each proposed wind project.

impacts be understood locally. Researching and developing information on the type and extent of such potential impacts would assist the wind developer to develop appropriate mitigation measures to incorporate in the local permitting process. In most cases, developers can reach out to the local community early in the process to discuss mitigation measures.

The potential for the host community to be compensated in some manner by the developer is often an important factor in reaching agreement with local officials. Virtually all wind project facilities will be subject to property taxes. Alternatively, developers may seek to negotiate an agreement with the local taxing entities, often called a PILOT agreement (Section 4.3.6). By establishing a fixed set of payments over a specified period of time, the developer (and the project financers) will be able to better forecast long-term expenses, and the taxing authority will have a guaranteed level of income.

Many factors contribute to changes in the local economy. Employment from development, construction, and operations can stimulate local businesses and provide personal income in the county. Local cities and governments may receive additional tax revenues, while individual landowners may receive additional income from royalty/lease payments. In either case, the community benefits from the increased income.

Agreements between the wind developer and the local community, including police, fire, medical, and other, similar services, not only promote good will, but also establish protocols to handle potential events and maintain the lines of communication between the wind project and the host community.

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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