Deciding where to place turbines, or “siting” (rhymes with “biting”) can be tricky. Issues can arise between developers and landowners. Both parties stand to benefit from wind energy, but friction between the two can delay or doom wind projects.
The Grain Belt Express transmission project will create over 5,000 construction jobs and $7 billion in new wind farm investments, spurring economic and renewable energy development in several rural communities.
Two new regulations handed down by the Environmental Protection Agency will have a significant impact on the energy industry in 2012 – and beyond.
The Clean Air Act is already one of the most successful public health programs in American history, with a return of more than $30 in benefits for every dollar invested in pollution reductions. In 2010 alone the program prevented an esti¬mated 160,000 cases of premature mortality, 130,000 heart attacks, 86,000 hospital visits, 13 million lost work days, and approximately 1.7 million asthma attacks.