Landscape Classification System

Addressing Environmental Issues Associated With Utility-Scale Wind Energy Development in Virginia

Objectives

  • To provide a readily accessible environmental database to facilitate siting decisions for utility scale wind energy developments so that sites with significant natural resource values are avoided to the greatest extent possible;
  • To identify critical information gaps at the local and regional scale likely to impede accurate evaluation of adverse environmental impacts;
  • To promote site-specific
    assessments prior to making a significant financial commitment to development of a given site; and
  • To demonstrate the need for an assessment of cumulative impacts prior to extensive development of wind energy in Virginia and the surrounding region.