Over the next few decades, meeting regional commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will require major investments in new energy infrastructure. These investments will influence the basic design of the region’s energy system – and its landscape - for many decades to come. By taking a candid look at our renewable energy future, we can start now to design an energy system we can all live with in the long term that sustains the region’s remarkable beauty and quality of life.
Across our region, processes are underway to determine how best to build out our future energy grid. We need to make smart choices from the get-go to limit the impacts. Our report, Cumulative Landscape Impacts of Renewable Energy Alternatives for Northern New England describes – through maps and estimates of acres disturbed – landscape impacts from renewable energy development projections.
Our cumulative impacts report builds on an earlier analysis that explains the uses of energy in New England and the costs and benefits of potential renewable sources.
These reports can help guide decision making to find a fair balance between moving us to a clean energy future and protecting the lands and forests that make New England so spectacular.
We don’t have to choose between protecting our wild lands and advancing renewable energy if we take the time to do it right.