The land-based wind siting guidelines made available for viewing and downloading on this webpage were prepared by the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER) as an update to the Division of Planning’s 2012 technical report, “Interim Siting Factors for Terrestrial Wind Energy Systems. The updated guidelines are meant to provide information and helpful guidance for Rhode Island municipalities interested in establishing new (or revising existing) land-based wind turbine siting ordinances for their community. The information and recommendations presented within should not be deemed mandates by the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER).
The information within the Guidelines document is based on best practices in other New England, national, and international jurisdictions; input from the public, state agencies, and industry stakeholders; previous wind siting guidance documents created for Rhode Island; and a literature review of scientific, peer-reviewed journals. Responses to all public comments received by OER are also available for download on this webpage.
A public meeting provided an overview of these guidelines on Monday February 22, 2016 at the Warwick Public Library. The PowerPoint presentation from this meeting is available for viewing and downloading on this webpage.
For more information please contact Becca Trietch at: Becca.Trietch@energy.ri.gov.
The recommendations shown in this PowerPoint were adjusted after public comments were received. Please reference the final Guidelines document above for complete and accurate wind siting guidance.