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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
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.