Who cleans up when a wind farm closes?

Sep 5, 2016

Ponnequin Wind Farm on the Wyoming/Colorado border is scheduled to come down this year.
Credit Brian Malone/Inside Energy

As America plans to move away from coal-fired power plants to renewable energy, the country plans to build more commercial wind farms.

But the country's first commercial wind farms are nearing retirement, and there are few requirements to take them down. Inside Energy's Leigh Paterson looks at who is responsible for taking down the giant turbines.

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