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In order to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, the U.S. Department of Energy is proposing that by 2030, 20% of the nation’s electricity will be supplied by wind power. This would entail a nearly twenty-fold increase over today’s wind power electricity production.

While the cost of wind power is already competitive with hydrocarbon power production, there are many issues and obstacles that need to be addressed.  In New York State there
has been a steady increase in proposed wind energy development, both small and large scale.

    Maple Ridege Wind Farm   Photo: NREL

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s goal is to provide unbiased wind energy information to Extension educators and our stakeholders recognizing that there are community and ecological impacts, as well as economic considerations.



Power Naturally - New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

NYPA Wind Power - New York Power Authority wind power initiatives.

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) - USDA program for agriculture and businesses.

Wind and Hydropower Technology Program - background information and resources provided by the U.S. Department of Energy: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Program

Wind Industry Ethics Code - New York State Office of the Attorney General (leaving site)

National Wind Coordinating Collaborative - U.S. consensus-based organization dedicated to resolving issues related to wind energy

The NEED Project - National Energy Education Development


Additional Resources

Alliance for Clean Energy NY, Inc. (ACE NY) - broad coalition dedicated to promoting clean energy, energy efficiency, a healthy environment and a strong economy in New York State.

Law of the Land: A blog on land use and zoning (wind development archive) - posted by Patricia Salkin and hosted by the American Planning Association, NY Upstate Chapter.

Energy Planning and Development for Central New York (pdf) - Chris Carrick, presenter, Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board, April, 2009.

Aeroelastic Vibration Energy Harvesting - Cornell University Lab for Intelligent Machine Systems

The Power of Wind - a National 4-H curriculum designed to introduce youth to the concept of wind power. 

The View from Sapsucker Woods. John Fitzpatrick.  Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Birdscope, Vol. 21 (1), 2007. 

Penn State Wind Energy website - Pennsylvania State University

Wind Turbine Syndrome

Papers and Reports

Industrial Wind Power: What Local Officials Need to Know. McCarthy, K. & E. VanderMaas.  CaRDI Research and Policy Brief, Issue No. 34, March, 2010.

The Impact of Wind Power Projects on Residential Property Values in the United States: A Multi-Site Hedonic Analysis. Hoen, B., R. Wiser, P. Cappers, M. Thayer, and G. Sethi. LBNL-2829E. December, 2009.

Wind Energy Development in NYS: Issues for Landowners. Dorociak, C.J., Chapman, D., Henehan, B. and Barry, J. Cornell University, 2005.

Siting Wind Farms in New York: Applicability of the Relaxed Public Utilities Standard. Salkin, P. & R. Burgdorf. Albany Law School. 2006.

Planning and Zoning for Wind Power in New York. Salkin, P. & M. Donohue. Albany Law School. 2005.

New Code of Ethics for Wind Energy Companies Doing Business in NY: A Back-Door Approach to Regulating Municipal Ethics. Salkin, P. Albany Law School. 2009

Madison Windpower Project (Madison County, NY). John Martin, Senior Project Engineer.  NYSERDA. 2003.

The Effects of Integrating Wind Power on Transmission System Planning, Reliability, and Operations. John Saintcross, Senior Project Manager. Prepared by General Electric International, Inc. Schenectady, NY for NYSERDA. 2005.

Global Potential for Wind-Generated Electricity. Lu, X., M. McElroy & J. Kiviluoma. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). 2009.

Wind Power: Windfall for Rural America.  Rural Cooperatives, Special Issue (USDA). Vol. 74, No. 6. Nov/Dec,  2007.

Tilting at Windmills? The Environmental Movement and the Emergence of the U.S. Wind-Energy Sector. Sine, W. & B. Lee. Cornell Johnson School and London Business School. 2007.

Modeling Potential Wildlife-Wind Energy Conflict Areas. Okey., B. & M. Kuzemchak. Center for Rural Pennsylvania.  2009.

Wind Turbine Acoustic Noise. Rogers, A., J. Manwell & S. Wright. Renewable Energy Research Lab, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 2006.

Guidelines for Community Noise. World Health Organization (WHO).