Renewable Energy

An important part of protecting wilderness is working to replace our use of dirty fossil fuels—coal, oil and natural gas—with cleaner energy alternatives.

Rich renewable energy resources found on our public lands — like wind energy and solar energy — play a key role in powering our future. These clean energy sources help stop global warming and provide alternatives to fossil fuels.

But in developing renewable energy on public lands, we shouldn’t sacrifice sensitive wildlands and wildlife habitat. By choosing the right places and methods for developing clean energy, we can ensure our environment and local economies stay healthy.

At The Wilderness Society, we work to enhance conservation while seeking renewable energy alternatives that:

  • Guide development away from sensitive wildlands and wildlife habitat
  • Reduce energy use and promote energy efficient technologies
  • Eliminate waste
  • Help bring clean energy opportunities to local communities

Why renewable energy

America’s wildlands suffer when energy projects are developed in the wrong areas. Smart policies help us use power more efficiently, develop energy alternatives that protect air and water quality, deliver homegrown energy, address climate change and build projects away from sensitive wildlands.

Finding smart places

There are many places on public and private lands that can accommodate renewable energy development without undermining healthy landscapes and wildlife. This includes lands that already have been impacted by development.

Reducing impacts

When building renewable energy projects, we need to manage unavoidable impacts on wildlife and other resources. Smart policies help minimize impacts through better project design and operations. 

Campaigns and projects

At The Wilderness Society, our campaigns and projects focus on long-term commitments or policies that guide renewable energy to the right places. We work to ensure renewable energy projects set good examples for protecting sensitive wildlands.

Renewable energy FAQs

Have more questions about renewable energy? Our renewable energy FAQs can help.

  • Michael Reinemer

    The Wilderness Society praises Congress for passing the Hill Creek Cultural Preservation and Energy Development Act (H.R. 356 / S. 27). The legislation provides for the exchange of roughly 20,000 acres of Utah’s mineral rights from ecologically and culturally sensitive lands in the Desolation Canyon region of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation for federal mineral rights in another part of the reservation.

  • Michael Reinemer

    The draft House Interior and Environment Appropriations bill released today is a clear improvement from previous years, though it still misses the mark on several key conservation, climate and public lands needs and is laden with numerous policy provisions or “riders” that have no place in the appropriations process.

  • Michael Reinemer

    On Wednesday, The Wilderness Society presented lifetime conservation achievement awards to Representatives George Miller, Jim Moran and Rush Holt, who collectively represent 80 years of support for conservation of some of America’s most stunning landscapes and protection of the country’s clean air and water.  All three members of Congress have announced their plans to retire at the end of the current session.

    Rep. George Miller (California – 11th District)