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Agricultural and Rural Resources and Tools

This page lists resources of interest to rural communities and agricultural stakeholders and features online tools to support wind system siting, economic analysis, and market analysis.

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Date State Type of Information Program Area Title
4/1/2009 KS Agricultural
Changes, Better Understanding Bring Utilities on Board with Wind Energy
4/15/2009 KS Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Wind Energy Powering Economic Development in Rural Communities
5/1/2009 KS Agricultural
Schools
Small Wind
Econ. Dev.
Policy
Working to Overcome Barriers to Meeting 20% U.S. Wind Vision
7/28/2009 MT Publication
Web Resource
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Cascade County: Wind Power: Put Wind to Work for You
8/10/2009 SD Agricultural
Public Power
Policy
For States to Reach Full Wind Potential, National Effort Needed
8/25/2009 SD Agricultural
Small Wind
Econ. Dev.
Wind Energy Brings Jobs to Rural America
9/16/2009 ND Agricultural
Public Power
Econ. Dev.
Policy
Wind Brings Great Deal of Economic Development Potential to the Table
10/1/2009 ND Agricultural
Public Power
Policy
Once Communities Embrace Wind, It's Time to Focus on Overcoming Barriers
11/9/2009 PA Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Economic Benefits of Wind Energy Development Woo Local Communities
11/19/2009 PA Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Policy
Siting
Common Sense Ordinance Model a Key to Fostering Wind Energy Development
12/15/2009 Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Policy
Policies the Key to Experiencing Full Benefits of Wind Development in Rural America
1/14/2010 Agricultural
Public Power
Small Wind
Existing Government Policies Spur Wind Power Development
3/9/2010 IA Agricultural
Public Lands
Schools
Econ. Dev.
Policy
Schools at the Forefront of Iowa Wind Story
3/24/2010 Agricultural
Public Power
Small Wind
Econ. Dev.
Policy
Community Wind Has Big Role in Nation's 20% Wind Vision
4/15/2010 ND Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
A Lot has Changed in the Last Decade, Making Wind Energy Development More Viable
4/26/2010 ND Agricultural
Policy
Wind Energy: Overcoming Challenges Well Worth the Outcome
9/28/2010 IL Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Policy
Explosion in Installed Wind Capacity Brings Big Benefits
10/12/2010 Agricultural
Schools
Econ. Dev.
Education A Key Part of Unlocking Wind Energy Future
11/17/2010 OH Agricultural
Public Power
Schools
Small Wind
Econ. Dev.
USDA has a Big Interest in Wind
12/13/2010 OH Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Policy
States Don't Have to Decide Between Wind Development and Environment
1/25/2011 Agricultural
Schools
Econ. Dev.
Wind Energy Development Can Revitalize Rural America
2/21/2011 Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Wind Energy an Opportunity for Rural Income, Jobs, and Economic Development
3/29/2011 Agricultural
Small Wind
Policy
Learning the Basics of Distributed Wind
4/26/2011 Agricultural
Small Wind
How to Bring Distributed Wind to the Home, Farm, or Business
5/13/2011 Agricultural
Small Wind
Where Does Small Scale Wind Development Fit in the Bigger Wind Energy Picture?
6/15/2011 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
Want to Incorporate Renewables on the Farm? Consider the Energy Pyramid
6/20/2011 News
Agricultural
USDA Rural Energy Assistance Program Grant Opportunity Announced
7/7/2011 MT News
Agricultural
Small Wind
What to Know About Installing a Wind Energy System on Your Farm
8/12/2011 News
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Wind Power has the Ability to Maintain Rural Communities
8/17/2011 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
USDA Announces $11.6 Million in Rural Energy for America Program Funding Awards
8/29/2011 News
Agricultural
Public Power
Agriculture Secretary Announces Smart Grid, Transmission System Improvements
9/1/2011 News
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Studies Prove the Economic Boost that Comes from Wind Energy Development
9/30/2011 News
Publication
Tool
Agricultural
Small Wind
Econ. Dev.
Policy
Distributed Wind Policy Comparison Tool and Guidebook
10/12/2011 NY News
Agricultural
Small Wind
Farmers and Ranchers Can Learn How to Put Wind to Work for Them
10/13/2011 Publication
Agricultural
Small Wind
2010 U.S. Small Wind Turbine Market Report
11/2/2011 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
Econ. Dev.
Policy
Wind Energy Has A Lot Riding on Programs up for Debate in Congress
11/21/2011 AK News
Agricultural
Public Power
Econ. Dev.
Policy
Fire Island Wind Project Approved: A Wind Powering America Success Story
12/9/2011 MI News
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Saving Farmland One Wind Energy Project at a Time
12/19/2011 NY News
Agricultural
Small Wind
Cross Island Farms Enjoys a Renewable Energy Harvest: A Wind Powering America Success Story
1/3/2012 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
Siting
Keys to Local Wind Energy Development Success
1/16/2012 News
Tool
Agricultural
Small Wind
Econ. Dev.
Siting
Distributed Wind Site Analysis Tool
1/16/2012 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
Small Wind Certification Council Issues First Turbine Certifications
1/31/2012 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
USDA Issues Rural Energy for America Program Solicitation of Applications
2/13/2012 News
Agricultural
Schools
Renewable Energy for America Program Important, Beneficial Aspect of Farm Bill for Nation
2/14/2012 News
Web Resource
Agricultural
USDA Launches Energy Website
4/3/2012 NY News
Agricultural
Small Wind
REAP Success Provides Many Benefits for America
4/24/2012 NY News
Publication
Agricultural
Small Wind
Distributed Wind Case Study: Cross Island Farms, Wellesley Island, New York
5/1/2012 News
Agricultural
Schools
Small Wind
Econ. Dev.
Policy
Do Your Part in Securing a Sustainable Renewable Energy Future for America
6/25/2012 News
Agricultural
USDA REAP Funds 450 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects
6/25/2012 KS News
Agricultural
Schools
Small Wind
Small Town Turns to Wind Energy to Rebuild, Revitalize Community
6/28/2012 Publication
Agricultural
Small Wind
2011 U.S. Small Wind Turbine Market Report
6/30/2012 Publication
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Section 1603 Treasury Grant Expiration: Industry Insight on Financing and Market Implications
8/28/2012 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
Econ. Dev.
Policy
Web-Based Tool Updated to Aid in Evaluating Best Use of Incentive Dollars
10/8/2012 MI News
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Gratiot County Wind Project Case Study
10/19/2012 News
Agricultural
USDA Announces REAP Funding for 244 Projects
11/19/2012 MA News
Agricultural
Public Lands
Public Power
Small Wind
Econ. Dev.
Policy
Siting
Workshop Explores Information's Role in Wind Project Siting: A Wind Powering America Success Story
11/27/2012 Publication
Agricultural
Public Power
Schools
Econ. Dev.
Community Wind Benefits Fact Sheet
12/20/2012 News
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Water Conservation Just One of Many Reasons to Support Wind Energy
1/25/2013 News
Agricultural
Policy
Wind Energy PTC Extension Essential, Beneficial for Rural America, Entire U.S.
1/31/2013 Publication
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Policy
Siting
Community Wind Myths Fact Sheet
2/28/2013 News
Agricultural
Wind for Schools Program Impacting Nation's Renewable Energy Future
3/14/2013 News
Agricultural
Schools
Wind Applications Center Valuable Resource for Wind for Schools Partners
3/29/2013 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
USDA Announces Notice of Funding Availability for the Rural Energy for America Program
4/14/2013 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
Small Wind Certification Important For Wind Industry
5/1/2013 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
Small Wind Certification Council Works to Ensure Wind Industry's Credibility
6/12/2013 News
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Wind Power Development's Economic Impact on Rural Communities
7/22/2013 News
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Analyzing Economic Development Through Wind Power
8/12/2013 Publication
Agricultural
Small Wind
2012 Market Report on Wind Technologies in Distributed Applications
8/15/2013 News
Agricultural
USDA Announces Funding for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects
8/21/2013 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
U.S. DOE Releases First Market Report Focusing on Distributed Wind
9/9/2013 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
Small, Community Wind Empowers Rural Communities, Strengthens U.S. Economy
10/29/2013 News
Agricultural
Rural Communities Benefit from Wind Energy's Continued Success
11/14/2013 News
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Wind Energy Forum Enhances Positives of Wind Production
12/19/2013 News
Agricultural
How Does Wind Energy's Water Consumption Compare to Other Energy Technologies?
1/8/2014 News
Agricultural
Wind Energy Helps Preserve Water Resources
2/4/2014 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
Congress Passes USDA Farm Bill, Including Renewable Energy Funding
2/18/2014 News
Agricultural
Policy
2014 Farm Bill Includes Important Energy Title
3/18/2014 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
Certification Helps Consumers Choose Satisfactory Small Wind Turbines
4/2/2014 Agricultural
Small Wind
Small Wind Standards Beneficial for Manufacturers, Consumers
4/30/2014 Publication
Agricultural
Small Wind
Fact Sheet: 2013 Distributed Wind Market Report
5/29/2014 Agricultural
Small Wind
Winds of Change from Winds of Destruction
6/13/2014 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
Econ. Dev.
Policy
Representatives Introduce Rural Wind Energy Development Act
6/18/2014 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
WindLease Helps Consumers Save Money
7/31/2014 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
REAP Funding Update, Part I
8/14/2014 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
DOE Issues Request for Information for Distributed Wind Energy Systems
8/18/2014 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
Econ. Dev.
REAP Funding Update, Part II
8/18/2014 Publication
Agricultural
Small Wind
2013 Distributed Wind Market Report
9/1/2014 Publication
Agricultural
Small Wind
Global Distributed Generation Deployment Forecast
9/18/2014 News
Agricultural
USDA Invests $68 Million in 540 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects
9/25/2014 News
Agricultural
Report Indicates Growth in Wind Energy
10/29/2014 News
Agricultural
Wind Energy Benefits Rural Economies
11/17/2014 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
Siting
Technical Assistance Available for Community Wind Projects in the Pacific Northwest
11/17/2014 MD News
Agricultural
Small Wind
Maryland Windswept Grant Program Applications Due December 15
11/28/2014 News
Agricultural
Policy
REAP Funding Helping Rural Farms and Communities
12/29/2014 News
Agricultural
USDA Seeks Applicants for the Rural Energy for America Program
12/29/2014 News
Agricultural
USDA Announces Funding for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects
1/30/2015 News
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Wind Energy Development Beneficial to Rural Oklahoma Communities
2/27/2015 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
Small Wind Education Helps Consumers Avoid Mistakes
3/1/2015 Publication
Agricultural
Small Wind
Distributed Wind Vision
3/30/2015 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
REAP Funding: When, Where, and How to Apply
8/7/2015 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
Policy
USDA Funds $63 Million in Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency Programs
8/24/2015 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
Investing in Small Wind Can Provide Big Success
9/2/2015 Publication
Agricultural
Establishing a Community Tax Equity Investment Company to Invest in Renewable Energy Projects
10/6/2015 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
USDA Announces New Round of REAP Funding
12/18/2015 News
Agricultural
Policy
Congress Passes Extension of Production Tax Credit, Investment Tax Credit

Software

Distributed Wind Policy Comparison Tool

A Web-based Distributed Wind Policy Comparison Tool and Guidebook helps utilities and policymakers advance the market for on-site wind generation across the nation. The Web tool's financial model measures the impact of various policy combinations on distributed wind turbine project economics and can be used to rank the "best and worst" state markets for returns on investment for various project scenarios.

Wind Energy Finance: An Online Calculator for Economic Analysis of Wind Projects

The Wind Energy Finance (WEF) calculator provides quick, detailed economic evaluation of potential utility-scale wind energy projects. The tool is designed for those who have general experience with project financial analysis but little knowledge of wind projects. Potential users include: state and local economic development officials, rural landowners interested in owning or benefitting from wind energy projects, applicants pursuing 2002 Farm Bill funding for renewable energy projects under Section 9006 and the Value-Added Producer Grant Program, and rural co-op and municipal utility officials. Wind Energy Finance Brochure.