Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability (SERPPAS)

Energy Development and Siting

Energy Development and Siting

One of three wind turbines at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming. This is one of the original, smaller wind turbines. They face the wind coming across the high plains and push against the clouds, in the distance, that later dropped a few inches of snow on the base and surrounding city of Cheyenne on April 6, 2010. A larger wind turbine was completed and online early in 2009 and is rated at 2 mega watts of electrical energy that goes directly into the base power grid. This and another two produces a combined output of 1.3MW. From most points on the base the wind turbines can be seen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Lance Cheung) 


Why? Due to rapidly advancing renewable energy technologies, the Southeast is becoming increasingly viable to locate wind, solar and other forms of energy infrastructure. Many of these technologies, if placed in a certain proximity to the military mission, can severely interfere with low flight paths and various military radars, among other things, important to military testing and training. 

How? The SERPPAS Energy Work Group is working with each of the SERPPAS states to develop a mechanism for early notification to DoD of proposed energy projects, creating solutions that are mutually beneficial.

Benefit? This coordination across the region will establish state processes that ensure DoD is included in energy project planning; allow DoD to address and mitigate project impacts when necessary to protect the military mission; and build effective working relationships between states, other federal agencies, the DoD Siting Clearinghouse, installations and other stakeholders.

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