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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
10/18/2016 News
Agricultural
Small Wind
USDA Accepting Applications for FY17 REAP Funding
10/24/2016 News
Tool
Agricultural
Small Wind
Updated Small Wind Economic Model Available
11/10/2016 News
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Turning to Turbines: As Commodity Prices Remain Low, Wind Energy Leases Offer a Welcome Source of Income for Farmers
10/26/2016 News
Agricultural
USDA Issues Loans for Electric Projects
11/15/2016 News
Tool
Agricultural
Small Wind
PNNL Publishes Distributed Wind Project Database
11/21/2011 AK News
Agricultural
Public Power
Econ. Dev.
Policy
Fire Island Wind Project Approved: A Wind Powering America Success Story
11/16/2016 CO Publication
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Winds of Change: The Great Plains' Powerful New Economic Dynamic
5/13/2016 CO News
Agricultural
Small Wind
NREL Distributes Wind Competitiveness Improvement Project Round Four Funding
12/1/2005 CO Publication
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Handbook on Renewable Energy Financing for Rural Colorado
2/22/2006 CO Publication
Agricultural
Public Power
Small Wind
Applying Interconnection and Net Metering to Small Wind
3/9/2010 IA Agricultural
Public Lands
Schools
Econ. Dev.
Policy
Schools at the Forefront of Iowa Wind Story
ID Web Resource
Agricultural
Harvesting Clean Energy
9/28/2010 IL Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Policy
Explosion in Installed Wind Capacity Brings Big Benefits
12/10/2008 IN Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Policy
One County, 646 Wind Turbines: Electricity an Exported Commodity
1/19/2009 IN Agricultural
Schools
Growing Wind Industry Great, But Have to Grow a Workforce
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
6/25/2012 KS News
Agricultural
Schools
Small Wind
Small Town Turns to Wind Energy to Rebuild, Revitalize Community
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
12/9/2011 MI News
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Saving Farmland One Wind Energy Project at a Time
10/8/2012 MI News
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Gratiot County Wind Project Case Study
11/17/2016 MI Publication
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Farming the Wind: The Impact of Wind Energy on Farming
3/3/2009 MN Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Minwind a Farmer-Owned Concept Others Can Put to Work
3/11/2009 MN Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Overcoming Challenges to Community Wind Will Result in Big Benefits
1/1/2005 MN Interview
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Wind Power Advocate Interview: Lisa Daniels, Windustry
1/31/2006 MO News
Agricultural
Public Power
Econ. Dev.
Wind Energy Comes to Missouri
9/1/2004 MO News
Agricultural
Public Power
Small Wind
Econ. Dev.
Policy
Rediscovering The Wind
7/28/2009 MT Publication
Web Resource
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Cascade County: Wind Power: Put Wind to Work for You
3/22/2006 MT News
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
National Association of Counties (NACo) honors Cascade County as a national leader in creating sustainable communities
7/7/2011 MT News
Agricultural
Small Wind
What to Know About Installing a Wind Energy System on Your Farm
8/1/2016 NC Publication
Agricultural
Perfect Partnership: Wind Farms and Agriculture
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
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
10/10/2008 NE Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
States Striving to do Their Part for 20% Wind Goal, but Challenges to Overcome
10/22/2008 NE Agricultural
Legislation Helps State Address Unique Barrier to Wind Development
10/18/2005 NE News
Agricultural
Public Power
Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) to Dedicate State's Largest Wind Farm
10/12/2011 NY News
Agricultural
Small Wind
Farmers and Ranchers Can Learn How to Put Wind to Work for Them
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
12/19/2011 NY News
Agricultural
Small Wind
Cross Island Farms Enjoys a Renewable Energy Harvest: A Wind Powering America Success Story
7/11/2016 NY News
Agricultural
Small Wind
NYSERDA Announces $6 Million in Incentives for Wind Projects
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
3/1/2009 OK News
Video
Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
Video: Oklahoma town cashing in on the winds of progress
7/25/2016 OK News
Agricultural
Oklahoma Ranchers May Push Lawmakers to Give Wind and Solar Same Property Rights as Oil and Gas
OR Web Resource
Agricultural
Small Wind
Energy Trust of Oregon, Inc.
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
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
8/26/2008 TX Agricultural
Econ. Dev.
More and More Communities Want in on Wind
4/6/2007 UT News
Agricultural
Schools
Small Wind
Econ. Dev.
Milford High School Turns Windy into Windustry

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.