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Wind Power as a Neighbor: Experience with Techniques for Mitigating Public Impacts

New England Wind Energy Education Project (NEWEEP)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 from 2:00 PM to 3:45 PM (EST)

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The New England Wind Energy Education Project (NEWEEP) is pleased to invite your participation in our upcoming webinar onWind Power as a Neighbor: Experience with Techniques for Mitigating Public Impacts" scheduled for Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 2:00-3:45 p.m. ET.

This is the sixth in a series of free webinars funded by the DOE Wind Powering America Initiative. The webinar is designed for attendance by the general public, local officials, state regulators, facility siting decision-makers, policy-makers, and others interested in a review of objective information on the impacts of wind energy

Key Discussion Topics & Speakers


  • Charles Newcomb, Wind Technology Deployment Supervisor, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, will describe the technical mitigation strategies invented and refined by wind manufacturers and developers to minimize or avoid impact to project neighbors, along with the background of how these strategies work and where they have been applied.

  • John Knab, Town Supervisor, Sheldon, NY, will discuss the project adjustment and other mitigation techniques used by the Town of Sheldon in the process of allowing the High Sheldon Wind Project to be developed in their town and how these techniques impacted the siting decision-making process.

  • Nils Bolgen, Program Director, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, will describe project adjustments and mitigation steps taken by wind project proponents during both the planning and post-operation stages, with outcomes and results where available.

Discussion Topics:

The presentations and discussion will provide webinar participants with an understanding of:

  • Technical and non-technical approaches to minimize, eliminate or compensate for direct or indirect impacts during the planning, construction and operation of a wind power project
  • Lessons learned on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of available mitigation techniques and how specific techniques helped produce better outcomes
  • The process of negotiation to achieve public acceptance, and what concessions communities should (and shouldn’t) expect from project proponents
  • The key to successful siting through balancing mitigation of impacts with project economic viability
  • Where current strategies fall short and what additional research is needed to fill the gaps

Webinar Registration Information:

To receive log-in instructions and dial-in phone number, you must select "Register" above and complete the registration information. You will be asked to include your name, organization, email and state to complete the registration process. Once you register, you will receive an email confirmation with the call and log-in information.

For questions please contact

Webinar Materials - Post Webinar:

All webinar materials will be posted on the NEWEEP website two weeks after the webinar takes place (approximately 12/21/11). These materials include an audio recording, PDFs of the presentations and a transcript.


Have questions about Wind Power as a Neighbor: Experience with Techniques for Mitigating Public Impacts? Contact New England Wind Energy Education Project (NEWEEP)


Wednesday, December 7, 2011 from 2:00 PM to 3:45 PM (EST)

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New England Wind Energy Education Project (NEWEEP)

The New England Wind Energy Education Project (NEWEEP) is a project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind Powering America (WPA) Initiative under a two-year grant. The project consists of an 8-part webinar series (free of charge) and an in-person conference. NEWEEP is directed by a steering committee including New England state agencies, regional and national research organizations, New England’s regional grid operator, and others who have committed to participate in the project. NEWEEP’s objective is to support appropriately-sited wind projects, and help the public and local decision-makers assess what is appropriately-sited based on an understanding of the issues, and not fear or hyperbole.  The webinar series is an attempt to bring objective information on issues affecting public acceptance of wind power, into the heated dialogues where local citizens and officials are being bombarded with confusing, conflicting and often exaggerated claims and counterclaims from project proponents and very organized anti-wind activists (neither without an agenda). 


     Please see News & Updates below for more information on NEWEEP's webinar series.

Steering Committee:

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Clean Energy States Alliance

Connecticut Clean Energy Fund

ISO-New England

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

New Hampshire Office of Energy & Planning

Renewable Energy New England *An organization consisting of environmental advocates & wind businesses

The State of Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources

University of Massachusetts - Wind Energy Center

Utility Wind Integration Group

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