Decision makers and influential stakeholders equipped with reliable and up-to-date wind energy facts and data are more likely to make informed, defensible decisions about wind energy. The Four Corners Wind Resource Center (4CWRC) provides accurate information regarding wind energy directly to policy makers and in regulatory forums; hosts webinars with guest presenters on timely topics; and disseminates reports, factsheets, and publications on wind energy. By leveraging the existing networks, reputations, and resources of our partner organizations, our approach ensures that the most strategic and trusted messengers deliver highly impactful wind outreach and education within targeted state, tribal, and local forums.
We evaluated the barriers to wind deployment and the significance of these barriers at both the regional and state-specific levels. These barriers include:
- Insufficient transmission capacity,
- Wind integration challenges and costs,
- Lack of clear policy directions supporting wind,
- Wildlife issues,
- Lack of adequate permitting ordinances,
- Lack of access to federal land, and
- Negative public opinion regarding wind energy.
We aim to reduce these barriers by informing the policy and permitting processes and stakeholders most likely to impact wind development. Therefore, the 4CWRC targets three primary stakeholder groups:
- A utility regulatory stakeholder group which consists of state utility regulators, commissioners, utility representatives, and staff;
- State, local, and tribal governments and staff; and
- Interested members of the public.
We will provide these stakeholders with unbiased and accurate information regarding:
- Wind energy costs and benefits;
- Wind energy technologies, project information, and state-specific resource potential;
- Updated wind industry and market data;
- Wind energy integration and operations;
- Wind energy output, including energy and capacity and comparisons with other resources;
- Wind impacts on wildlife, endangered species, and land use; and
- Economic impacts of wind, including land payments, jobs, tax payments, and local benefits.