Site Wind Right
Accelerating a Clean, Low-Impact Energy Future
Site Wind Right Resources
This page was updated Nov. 16, 2020.
The Nature Conservancy supports the rapid expansion of renewable energy, and America’s ample wind resources offer the opportunity to provide clean, low-impact power for people and wildlife.
Achieving the wind energy development necessary to meet our climate goals will require quadrupling current wind capacity in the United States by 2050. Much of this new wind development is likely to occur in the Great Plains, home to some of the nation’s most promising wind resources. The Great Plains also provide our best remaining grassland habitat in North America, and the unique wildlife that is home on this range, such as bison, pronghorn antelope, deer, and prairie chickens.
Site Wind Right in the News
- Power Mag: Power Magazine: Map Shows ‘Low-Impact’ Locations for Wind
- ArcNews: Web Map Brings Together Wildlife Conservation and Green Energy Development
- Utility Dive: New “Site Wind Right” Energy Map Released for Central U.S.
- Kansas.com: U.S. could power nation with wind energy without harming wildlife, study says
The Site Wind Right Map
To help accelerate the deployment of wind energy in a way that helps people and nature thrive, The Nature Conservancy is providing the award-winning Site Wind Right map now! This interactive online map uses GIS technology and pulls from more than 100 data sets on wind resources, wildlife habitat, current land use and infrastructure to help inform siting decisions across 17 states in the Central United States (download the data below).
By using Site Wind Right early in the process, developers, utilities, power-purchasers and agencies can help save time and money by highlighting areas with the lowest potential for conflict.