Energy conservation and the development of renewable energy resources, including wind energy, are an important step in reducing the effects of climate change. However, the development of wind energy facilities should be conducted in a way that minimizes impacts to the environment.
Mass Audubon’s Position
Industrial-scale wind projects off the coast of Massachusetts, as well as smaller community-scale, land-based wind projects, continue to be proposed. As this industry evolves, local, state, and federal regulations and planning methods must also evolve so that new wind energy facilities will be sited, designed, and built in an environmentally sound manner. In Massachusetts, environmental concerns for wind energy development include direct impacts to birds, bats, and forest fragmentation.
Read more about the environmental benefits and concerns related to wind energy development as well as the need for planning and permitting criteria in Mass Audubon’s Position Statement on Wind Energy Development.
Wind Siting Guidelines
Mass Audubon worked with the US Department of Fish and Wildlife in developing guidelines for land-based wind.
Wind Project Comments
Mass Audubon submits comments on select land-based wind projects in Massachusetts and at the federal level with a focus on siting, impacts to protected land, habitat, and water resources. Contact us for a list of projects or to request a copy.
Case Study: Cape Wind
After an extensive review process, Mass Audubon supports the development of Cape Wind. We have compiled extensive review comments and field research on this industrial-scale offshore project. Mass Audubon's final position on the Cape Wind project is based on our review of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (April 2010). Learn More