Wind power presents an opportunity to harness a sustainable renewable energy source without the use of fossil fuels, which creates a great opportunity to mitigate climate change. However, the large turbines necessary to harness wind energy present several land use issues. This article, in addition to giving an introduction into the benefits of wind power, discusses several of these issues including comprehensive planning, moratoriums on development, and various options and land use tools local governments may use to legally implement wind power within their jurisdictions.
John R. Nolon & Jessica A. Bacher, Wind Power: An Exploration of Regulations and Litigation, N.Y. L.J., Feb. 20, 2008, at 5, http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/lawfaculty/667/.