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.

  • Testimony delivered by The Wilderness Society's Chase Huntley to the House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources

  • A letter to Members of the House of Representatives urging them to oppose HR 4899, a bill that would undermine important wildland protections and force drilling in pristine areas of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska

  • Every year, a coalition of conservation and environmental groups produce a report to help Congress as it debates the federal budget for the year. This report, has typically been to referred to as the "Green Budget." This year, it is titled "Green Investments," and it illustrates the importance of reinvesting in conservation and natural resources programs for Fiscal Year 2015 by looking at some of the effects of recent budget cuts.