The Nature Conservancy has released a first-of-its-kind analysis identifying the most promising places in the Central United States to develop wind energy that avoid conflicts with people and wildlife.
The associated mapping tool, called Site Wind Right, is available for power purchasers, utilities, companies, agencies and municipalities in Nebraska to help build new wind projects faster, with lower costs.
According to the analysis, in Nebraska, Site Wind Right mapping revealed 2.3 million acres available for wind development, away from important habitat for wildlife such as greater prairie-chicken and whooping crane.
“If those low-conflict acres were built out for wind development, it could generate 70 gigawatts. That’s a lot of potential energy,” according to Nature Conservancy.