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Renewable wind energy: Balancing military and private land-use concerns

Key Points

Concerns about wind farms harming military base function are almost always overblown and any real issues can be accommodated through the use of technology and collaboration between the base and the property owner.
There already exists a federal siting Clearinghouse to help identify and resolve issues.
Restrictions on wind production are restrictions on property rights, and need to be used sparingly and as a last resort; claims of national security shouldn’t become a pretext for anti-wind measures.

“The rare instance when a wind farm siting might conflict with military readiness does not justify broader restrictions on the deployment of wind power.”

Press release: “The answer is blowin’ in the wind”: Balancing military and private land-use concerns

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