Proposed Study of Appalachian Wind Development

Following is the language in the federal budget bill calling for the Council on Environmental Quality to fund a National Academy of Sciences study of wind development in the Appalachian region:

“The Committee directs CEQ, in coordination with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to contract with the National Academy of Sciences within 60 days of enactment to conduct a study of the environmental, including landscape/viewshed, impacts of wind energy projects in the Mid-Atlantic Highlands. This study is to conclude with appropriate viewshed and other criteria for the siting of wind turbines in the Mid-Atlantic Highlands.”